Urban Voice Cambodia’s workshop

Urban Voice Cambodia invited me to give a speech on its workshop this Saturday at Eden Park in Phnom Penh. The workshop was to present the website to different people and to explain the role of urban voices on the development of a city like Phnom Penh. The name of the activity was “The city speaks!”

Urban Voice Cambodia maps

The maps at the Urban Voice’s website help to locate things in the capital. Here the location of internet cafes. Map courtesy Urban Voice Cambodia. 

Just to reach the Eden Park from the Airport it takes one hour by car. If the Cambodian capital has its voice, it shouts it needs bridges, roads, pedestrian paths, discipline… People in motorbikes are completely out of rule. Therefore, the idea of this Urban Voice is great and a need. Let’s not forget that it was Urban Voice the one that avoids a strain ruling to shut down internet cafes in Phnom Penh on December 2012. The worry of authorities was that students could spend hours on video-games and thus ruled to shut down internet cafes that were within 20 kilometers far from any school. Urban Voice produced immediately a map of the city where it is possible to identify all schools and internet cafes. Every school was enclosed in a circle of 20 kilometers around it… the result was that ALL internet cafes would be vanished from the capital! By showing this map to the authorities, the rule was suspended.

The positive result of the Urban Voice’s map defending the internet cafes in the capital is a good example of what this organization is about. Anyone can create a report on what is going on at the city: roads, floods, trash, education, events, etc. Submit a report is easy and the website is presented in Khmer and English.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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