Top 10 Posts on iRevolution in 2009

Here are the top 10 most popular posts on iRevolution in 2009:

  1. How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments
  2. A Brief History of Crisis Mapping
  3. Crisis Mapping Kenya’s Election Violence
  4. Video Introduction to Crisis Mapping
  5. Impact of ICTs on Repressive Regimes
  6. Proposing the Field of Crisis Mapping
  7. Mobile Banking for the Bottom of the Pyramid
  8. Digital Resistance: Between Digital Activism and Civil Resistance
  9. Moving Forward with Swift River
  10. Why Dictators Love the Web or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Say So What?!

Note the contrasting titles of posts #1 and #10. I actually wrote the former back in June during Iran’s post-election crackdown and the latter just a few weeks ago in response to reading a laundry list of “techtics” (technologies + tactics) that repressive regimes like Iran’s employ.

As David Sasaki recently noted, making lists of what is wrong is all fine and well, but we also need action items for “what needs to be done to make it right” so that  “month by month, year by year, we’re slowly [able to be] checking those items off.” So consider the most popular post (communicating securely in repressive environments), a collection of action items (gathered from multiple sources) to deal with some laundry lists of what is wrong.

I was glad to see one of my posts on Ushahidi’s Swift River appear in the top 10, and surprised to see a post on mobile banking in position 7. I’ll be looking to blog more about mobile banking in 2010 especially as my Fletcher colleagues (and alumni) are becoming leaders in their own right in this exciting space ripe for iRevolutions. See this link for the international conference on Mobile Banking that we co-organized in Kenya earlier this year.

As for crisis mapping, I think 2009 will mark the launch of crisis mapping as a field in it’s own right. Thank you to all the donors who have helped to make this happen. There’s no doubt that 2010 will be a year of many more iRevolutions. I look forward to it!

Patrick Philippe Meier

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