New Media and Technology Firm Launches to Provide “Information and Communication Technologies for Everyone”

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International Media Solutions (IMS) unique trainings focus on developing local capacity by leveraging new technologies and open source solutions to increase citizen participation around the world.

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After nine years with a leading international development NGO, Michael Clarke gave it all up to found International Media Solutions LLC (http://www.international-media.net) with the simple goal of making new media technologies accessible to everyone. IMS is an international consulting firm based in Washington DC, offering complete customized media and information and communication technology (ICT) training solutions for the international development community. IMS’s mission is to work with international NGOs, media outlets, government, and local civil-society organizations by providing technical, hands-on trainings that are designed to increase local capacity to utilize information and communications as a vital component of positive social, environmental and political change.

“The human challenge of Internet freedom is to use technological tools to build a different kind of relationship between citizens, civil society and their governments -- a relationship based not merely upon the consent of the governed, but upon broad participation in governance by all citizens,” said Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, to the New America Foundation "Future Tense" Conference in Washington, DC on July 13, 2011.

Clarke has over a decade of experience in the international development field, with a particular focus on new media development in conflict and post-conflict countries. He began his development career in 1998 serving three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. Since then he has worked on projects throughout the Balkans, Central Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. Prior to founding IMS, he managed a $24,000,000 portfolio of media development projects in Iraq including most recently the U.S. Department of State funded Media and Technology for Community Development (MTCD) program and the Media and Civil Society for Transparent Governance (MCSTG) program in an effort to advance Iraq's media professionalism, sustainability, media regulations, and local institutions that support independent media and journalists.

Clarke holds a Master's in Journalism with a focus on convergent and new media from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Northern Arizona University. He also has completed Hostile Environment Training and is able to identify and correctly assess risks to safety and security while living and working in volatile areas.

About International Media Solutions

Founded in July 2011, International Media Solutions LLC provides trainings on citizen journalism, backpack journalism, documentary film, advocacy video production, digital storytelling, community radio, blogging, mapping, SMS, civic engagement tools including, but not limited to Twitter and Facebook. IMS also provides recommendations on how to incorporate these tools into your organization's project design and implementation. More information about IMS is available at: http://www.international-media.net

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