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Open Chat on Blogging and HIV/Aids

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Rising Voices hosted a live chat on Wednesday, December 3rd at the 3 p.m. Nairobi time. The chat was facilitated by Serina Kalande and Daudi Were and the discussion was building on a similar chat that Serina and Daudi organized back in April of this year which asked the following question: “how can citizen media be used to supplement and improve the mainstream media’s coverage of the AIDS epidemic? This chat focused on one of Rising Voices grantee project, “REPACTED” in Nakuru. We learnt how the organization has implemented blogging and video outreach programs to spread awareness about their initiatives in AIDS prevention and advocating for the rights of HIV-positive individuals. Other discussion topics included; * Factors to weigh when HIV-positive bloggers go public about their status,
* How blogging and Network forums support networks form online,
* What are other new media tools, such as mapping mashups that can be used effectively? As a primer to the conversation, members were encouraged to take a look at a recent post written by Juliana Rincón on Global Voices about “AIDS awareness through video”. Especially fascinating is a video pod cast produced by QAF Beijing, which interviews South African grand justice Edwin Cameron, the country’s only government official who has gone public about his HIV status. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2008/11/27/aids-awareness-through-video/ It was a very interactive and important open chat. The next chat was scheduled for 9th/02/2009. Feel free to join next time http://www.worknets.org/chat.