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Launched in 2005, West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) promotes democratic and open societies. This article highlights a pioneering new project in Dakar, illustrates the political environment WADR works in, and outlines open source organisation Sourcefabric’s contribution in the form of open source technology, training and consultancy.
The European Broadcasting Union hosted the Digital Radio Week event in Geneva, Switzerland. Standardization around an open source and royalty-free codec could be just what the radio industry needs to make the switch from analogue to digital happen on a global scale.
What future is there for independent radio? Adam Thomas, Community Manager at Sourcefabric and organiser of the Test Signals festival, reviews the Test Signals conference at transmediale. In a digital age characterised by live status updates and connectivity, the festival set out to question both our ability to respond to and our responsibility to act on threats against our freedom. The Radio...
We live in challenging times, says Jonathan Marks. Just as newspapers in Europe and North America are looking for new business models, broadcasters and publishers in developing countries need to re-examine the way they operate, especially as funding from non-government organisations is either reduced or drying up altogether.