What is Tasharuk?
Tasharuk, which means collaborate in Arabic, is a peer-to-peer knowledge base for netizens using social technologies to strengthen their societies. Right now, it can be incredibly time consuming to find high-quality resources guiding us how to use digital and social technologies for anything other than business and marketing. It’s even more difficult when you’re looking for them in another language, like Arabic. Often, when new groups and organizations can’t find what they’re looking for they end up re-creating content that already exists. This has at least two negative effects: 1) Valuable often irreplaceable resources are expended duplicating efforts, and 2) Opportunities to connect with others who have solved similar problems and share experiences are lost. Tasharuk aims to address both challenges.
Who Is Tasharuk For?
We use the rather broad terms netizen and, in Arabic, digital citizen, to describe the people we hope will find value in Tasharuk. Netizens, from our perspective, are people using technology to inform and influence their peers with the aim of promoting more just, peaceful, and equitable societies. They can be anyone but frequently are journalists, activists, researchers, civil society leaders, documentarians, media and digital security trainers, community mappers, open data advocates, and other types of organizers taking advantage of technology and the Internet to empower themselves and others.
The Knowledge Base
The knowledge base is a searchable collection of learning resources in multiple genres, formats, and languages, including guides, manuals, reports, instructional videos, tutorials, software and other tools, and even legislation. Resources on Tasharuk are related to the use of digital and social technologies for strengthening societies. We have initially organized the resources into about 40 categories, such as access to information, citizen reporting and journalism, digital rights, human rights, open knowledge and open source, women, and youth...
We’re always open to including new categories. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you think should be added.
What Can I Do with Tasharuk?
Anyone can search the hundreds of resources available by several criteria, including issue, keyword, language, media format, and region of application.
If you create an account, you can also submit, collect, share, and rate resources. Eventually, people will be able to collaborate on resource curation and creation through the platform. Soon we’ll introduce a bookmarklet to make it easy to submit a resource while you’re out browsing the Web, and we’re also developing an API so that you can embed a resource stream on your blog or websites. We don’t want to set too many features yet, though. After we launch the site, we want you to let us know what your priorities are for the site.
What Makes Tasharuk Collaborative?
First, Tasharuk has been designed to encourage collaboration in creating the knowledge base. That means anyone can submit a resource he or she has created and share it with their networks. We rely on the community to rate and comment on the resources so that the most useful ones bubble to the top.
Second, Tasharuk encourages the use of Creative Commons and other methods of open licensing that allow for remixing and reuse. The vast majority of the resources in the knowledge base are licensed under Creative Commons and we encourage that content creators license their resources this way too.
Finally, in a world where we’re all consumers and producers of media, we wanted to facilitate connections between resource creators and technology users. We’ve designed the site to promote independent media and content producers as well as better-resourced organizations and will be adding more features that support this in the coming months.
Who Created Tasharuk?
Social Media Exchange conceptualized and led the creation of the website and curation of the initial knowledge base with financial support from Hivos. Fusion Second designed and developed the website. Mirada Madrid provided service design consulting at initial stages of conception.
License and Copyright
Except as otherwise noted, all original content on Tasharuk is copyright Social Media Exchange and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. It’s important to note that each individual resource has its own license, which is the license that you should follow when determining what you’re able to do with that resource.
It should also be noted that, along with key metadata, Tasharuk uses iframe technology to attribute resources to their original source. This reference system is never an assertion of ownership, authorship, or copyright by Tasharuk, Social Media Exchange, or any entity other than the author/owner of the resource. All resources accessed via links on Tasharuk generate page views that accrue in the analytics of the original site. If you would like to know more about how Tasharuk works technically in this respect, please contact us.
Terms of Service
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Privacy and Security
Tasharak secures user privacy and protection at a number of levels. It uses high-level encryption to secure user passwords. Cookies and security tokens are also encrypted. It also employs two-factor authentication to reset passwords. Users do not need to give real names to register for the site. As additional social features are introduced, users will always have the option to disclose or hide information. The website doesn’t track locations or session and doesn’t attempt to collect any data that might expose the user’s identity.
Tasharuk was developed with the generous support of Hivos.