Lawyer by training, Alice Backer (@kiskeacity on Twitter) is a social media professional. In the cacophony of corporate media, international agency and NGO actors who monopolize the news cycle on Haiti, HAITIANS NEED TO HEAR EACH OTHER AND THEMSELVES. To that end, she offers on her personal blog kiskeacity. com (2005-present) a daily roundup of Haitian blogs entitled Kiskeacity daily. She is the founder of the site Haitianbloggers.com.Together, the daily roundup and the aggregator as relayed on Twitter and Facebook, constitute tools of empowerment and amplification of Haitian voices. (2010-present) She is the former Francophonia Editor covering French-speaking blogs of Africa and the Caribbean at Global Voices Online (2005-2006) where she later co-founded and managed (2006-2007) the Lingua community which today translates Global Voices content in over 20 languages. Alice holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She was an associate at the midtown NYC firm of LeBoeuf Lamb before transitioning to social and citizen media, her true passion. She has been interviewed on Al Jazeera, Télévision Suisse Romande, and the Voice of America on her citizen media campaigns in Africa, the USA and Haiti.
This week's guest:
Katia D. Ulysse was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States with her family. Received her Master's degree from the Notre Dame of Maryland University, and taught English in Baltimore City for ten years. A prolific writer, too modest to let people know. Not anymore. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals. When she's not writing, reading, gardening, or teaching, Katia D. Ulysse often blogs on VoicesfromHaiti.co