Rappler recognized for civic engagement in World Development Report
MANILA, Philippines – Rappler has been cited for its “digital citizen engagement” in the 2016 World Development Report.
The report, “Digital Dividends,” published by the World Bank, explores the foundations of digital revolution and how the Internet promotes development.
Rappler, alongside Check my School, represented the Philippines.
In the report, 3 fields are highlighted: additional offline mobilization, civil society organization partners with government, and collective feedback. Rappler was able to achieve all 3.
The only other group that achieved all fields was Uganda’s U-report, a free SMS-based system allowing communities to speak out.
As for its impacts, Rappler rated “high” on citizen uptake and “medium” on government response.
The report described Rappler as a “media and advocacy organization” that “combines media, technology, and the power of crowdsourcing to identify and amplify governance issues, with traditional citizen mobilization strategies using investigative journalists and social mobilizers.”
Rappler connects communities and develops tools that tap into “the wisdom of crowds” or crowdsourcing, the process of harnessing a group's collective answer.
A social news network, Rappler uses a hearts and minds approach to news coverage.
Every story on Rappler has a Mood Meter, a patented user engagement system that crowdsources how people feel about Rappler stories. Votes on all the stories are summarized real time and visualized on the Mood Navigator, which aggregates the mood of the day.
Through the Mood Meter, Rappler hopes to help encourage greater self-awareness, transparency, and responsibility.
Rappler, in partnership with ebayanihan, also hosts Agos – a collaborative platform that combines top-down government action with bottom-up civic engagement to help communities mitigate risks and deal with climate change and natural hazards.
Using mobile and web technologies and social media, Agos ensures the flow of critical and actionable information to those who need it before, during, and after disasters and connects those who need help directly with those who can truly help.
Meanwhile, MovePH, Rappler's citizen journalism and civic engagement arm, helps advocates, communities, NGOs, government bodies, writers, volunteers, and movers connect through stories and on the ground activities.
Many of Rappler's stories have led to actual social action, from Senate inquiries to workshops, fundraising, and disaster response. These stories have also helped raise awareness on important issues, which otherwise would have been left unheard.
At the heart of Rappler is its investigative and research wing, Newsbreak. Its stories have led to both online and offline movements.
"Rappler organizes community protests, the most dramatic one being the Philippines’ first protests organized with social media against a corruption scandal involving congressional discretionary funds. The eventual result: The Supreme Court declared these funds unconstitutional," the report read. – Rappler.com