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Jamillah Knowles | 12:46 UK time, Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Hello Outriders!

This week I have a couple of longer interviews on the podcast for you. One looks at the freedoms or lack thereof when it comes to our Internet today and the other takes a closer look at trying to cover the current events in Syria through the eyes of citizen media.

Rebecca MacKinnon is the co-founder of Global Voices, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation which is a think-tank where work is done on Internet policy issues.

Rebecca and Ethan

Rebecca's incredibly smart and incredibly busy, so it was great to have a moment to sit down and talk about her work. We chatted about the state of the Internet today and where there are threats to change that status for better or worse.

Global Voices has many bridge reporters who monitor the frontline on the web. As the Arab Spring rolls on and Syria sees more bloodshed, even when under threat, citizen reporters are still recording the events that happen around them as a matter of record.

Not only do people take huge risks to record the violence, but bridge reporters or those people who work between the reports that we see on news websites and the raw footage that can be found on sites like Youtube, also expose themselves to quite heavy doses of recorded violence.

Leila Nachawati is a Spanish and Syrian human rights activist, she teaches communications at Carlos the Third University in Madrid as well as contributing reports to Global Voices and many other mainstream media outlets. I caught up with her in Kenya and we talked about the pros and cons of monitoring citizen media.

That's all for this week but In the meantime you can let me know what lights your fires on the Web or electronically, by dropping me a line.

Tweet at me on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders or find us on Facebook and Google+ Just search for Outriders and you can add us to your feed.

Until next week!
~ Jamillah

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