Hacks/Hackers #39 – Crowdsourcing & Citizen Journalism

Apr 25, 2018 · Berlin, Germany

In April, we'll meet at CORRECTIV to discuss journalism crowdsourcing with Anne-Lise Bouyer (CORRECTIV), Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge), and Gaba Rodríguez Berón (Tactical Tech) and Laurence Ivil.


Anne-Lise Bouyer (CORRECTIV)

Anne-Lise heads the technical team at the nonprofit investigative newsroom CORRECTIV (https://correctiv.org). Prior to that, she co-founded the data journalism agency Journalism++, where she worked for 4 years as a project manager. She has a background in computing engineering. As part of her work at CORRECTIV, she leads the project Crowdnewsroom, a platform for journalists to crowdsource investigations. Together with an investigative reporter, she will present – from an editorial and a technical perspective – early outcomes of the latest investigation created with Crowdnewsroom: “Who owns Hamburg?” (https://wem-gehoert-hamburg.de).


Arne Semsrott (Open Knowledge)

Arne is the project lead for the FOI portal FragDenStaat.de at Open Knowledge Germany (https://okfn.org). He is also a regular contributor to netzpolitik.org and has worked with a range of NGOs, such as Transparency International, LobbyControl, and Whistleblower Network. At Hacks/Hackers, he will talk about his latest project, OpenSchufa (https://OpenSchufa.de). OpenSchufa employs a crowdsourcing approach to open up the algorithms used by Schufa, the consumer credit rating agency that is the de-facto gatekeeper for getting anything done in Germany that has to do with money, including renting a flat or getting a phone contract.


Gabriela Rodríguez Berón (Tactical Tech)

Gaba is a software developer, facilitator and data wrangler from Uruguay, living in the US. She currently works for Tactical Tech Collective (https://tacticaltech.org), where she facilitates the program Gender and Technology. Before that, Gaba worked at The Coral Project (https://coralproject.net), building tools to improve community spaces in journalism. She is also a consultant working with ILDA co-creating a data standard on feminicides in Latinoamerica, has worked with the Internet Freedom Festival, La Nacion, Open News, and co-founded a non-profit that works with data and transparency in Uruguay. She is a feminist, activist, and mom to two kids.


Laurence Ivil

Laurence is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Berlin. Working with citizen journalists across Sub-Saharan Africa, he has co-produced digital media features for the Guardian, Le Parisien, De Correspondent and the New Internationalist, amongst others. Laurence is also co-creator of “Dementia Diaries” (https://dementiadiaries.org/) – a UK-wide storytelling project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries. At Hacks/Hackers, Laurence will be sharing insights of working alongside citizen journalists during and after the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, whilst working with On Our Radar (https://onourradar.org/ebola). From crowdsourcing breaking news stories using SMS and WhatsApp to in-depth collaborative features like the award-winning backintouch.org #AfterEbola project, Laurence will discuss the advantages and challenges of community-led journalism.

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    The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires. Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds. This group is to bring all these people together -- those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It's for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize

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