Basetrack is an experimental media project, tracking the deployment of 1/8– 1st Battalion, Eighth Marines, during their deployment to southern Afghanistan. A small team of mobile media operators embedded with the battalion, transmitting their reports and reflections from Helmand province as they traveled across the battalion’s area of operations.
Basetrack’s forward team is supported by a network of technologists,analysts, artists, and journalists, working around the clock, from around the world, to connect over a thousand Marines and Corpsmen to their families, and to connect a broader public to the longest war in US history.
Basetrack is a non-profit initiative, operated by November Eleven, a US-based, 501(c)3 public charity. Basetrack takes an open-source approach to journalism, making its original content freely available for non-commercial use under Creative Commons licensing protocols, and employing open, ubiquitous social media platforms to distribute its reporting, and to engage public participation in the reporting process.
Basetrack is an independent, civilian media project, funded by a 2010 Newschallenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is not owned, or operated by the U.S. Marine Corps or the U.S. Department of Defense. Opinions expressed here are attributed to individuals and do not represent official statements from any of the above institutions.