Communications Forum: Civics in Difficult Places

In a live demonstration of globe-straddling communication technologies like Skype, this forum connects to citizen journalists and activists around the world, some of whom frequently test the limits of governmental authority. Moderator Ethan Zuckerman wonders if these new digital forms are fundamentally liberating, providing users access to public spaces they might otherwise be denied. He pursues this line of inquiry in a series of internet conversations with correspondents covering some of the world's most ravaged or oppressed regions.


  • Cameran Ashraf, Iran

  • Mehdi Yahyanejad, Iran

  • Georgia Popplewell, Haiti

  • Huma Yusuf, Pakistan

  • Ruthie Ackerman, Liberia

  • Brenda Burrell and Bev Clark, Zimbabwe

  • Lova Rakotomalala, Madagascar