Digital Media Mash Up: April 2012, Week 3

In this Issue

Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C.

In the News:



Upcoming Events - In Washington, DC

CIMA's Fifth Anniversary and Launch of Second Edition of Empowering Independent Media
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4:00-7:00 p.m.
(Panel discussion 4:00-5:30 p.m., reception to follow)
Center for International Media Assistance
About: U.S. efforts to bolster independent media and an open Internet overseas are having significant impact, but face a lack of funding, growth in online censorship and surveillance, and rising attacks on journalists, according to CIMA's new report. The forthcoming 150-page report, Empowering Independent Media, provides a comprehensive survey of U.S. initiatives by public and private donors, nonprofit organizations, universities, and others that focus on media as a means to encourage democratization and economic development.
Featuring: David E. Kaplan, Editor, Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World; Thomas O. Melia, U.S. Department of State; David W. Yang, U.S. Agency for International Development; Barbara Haig, National Endowment for Democracy; Marius Dragomir, Open Society Foundations; David Sasaki, Omidyar Network; Moderator: Marguerite Sullivan, Center for International Media Assistance
Location: 1025 F Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004

"Angry Townspeople," the Internet, and the Market of Ideas: Vectors of Change in the Russian Public Sphere
Monday, April 23, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Wilson Center
About: The recent rise of public activity in Russia was facilitated by a quick growth of the number of users of Internet that has changed the configuration of the public sphere. How it affects the offer at the market of political ideas? What are the perspectives of political dialog? Is it possible to talk about the new quality of the practices of public communication?
Featuring: Olga Malinova, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Lessons from Homeland Security Regulatory Regimes: CFATS and Cybersecurity
Thursday, April 26, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Heritage Foundation
About: The specter of cyber espionage and cyber warfare continues to grow everyday as sensitive information is stolen and critical systems are attacked, both in government and the private sector. Though Congress is aware of the problem, it is not yet evident if can it can overcome several key sticking points.
Featuring: Jamie Conrad, Founder, Conrad Law & Policy Counsel; R. Peter Weaver, Director, Regulatory Compliance and Safety, International Liquid Terminals Association; Paul Rosenzweig, Visiting Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Host: Steve Bucci, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Defense and Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation
Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20002

Caught Up in Politics: East European Media and Plurality of News
Monday, April 30, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
About: Discussion on the Media Sustainability Index 2012 for Europe & Eurasia
Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC
RSVP: (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Friday, April 27 to

Journalist Security: On-Site and Online
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Panel 1: Physical Safety: Frank Smyth, Sebastian Junger, Ahmed Rashid, and Stuart Karle, Moderated by Lara Logan, CBS News Correspondent; Panel 2: Digital Safety: Danny O'Brien, Chris Soghoian, Katrin Verclas and Matthew Cole, Moderated by Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Location: Joseph Pulitzer World Room, Third Floor
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
116th Street and Broadway, New York

In the News

Global Censorship Update

Pakistani Court Says Website Blocking Violates Constitution
When CPJ covered the Pakistani government's attempt to build a massive censorship system for the country's Internet in February, we noted a key problem with such huge blocking systems: they are, at heart, democratically unaccountable. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 4/19)

Pakistanis Petition Against Govt Internet Censorship
The High Court of Sindh province in Pakistan capital Karachi has issued notices to the country's Ministry of Information Technology and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) about a petition challenging the censorship and blocking of Web sites and online forums with political views, according to a report. (ZDNet, 4/19)

Vietnamese Bloggers Charged For "Anti-State Propaganda"
The US government and human rights groups have expressed alarm over growing restrictions around the internet in Vietnam - most recently demonstrated by the Vietnamese authorities' decision to charge three bloggers for conducting "propaganda against the state." (Wall Street Journal, 4/18)

Vietnam Arrests Three Blogger Including Nguyen Hoang Hai in Internet Crackdown
The Vietnamese authorities have accused three bloggers of fuelling "propaganda against the state" as the government tightens its grip on Internet freedoms. The bloggers, who belong to the independent media organisation "Free Journalists Club", face up to twenty years if convicted under Vietnam's penal code. They reportedly posted articles criticising the government. (International Business Times, 4/18)

Internet Censorship: Activists Worry as Authorities Push for Automated Filtering
After broadband operators' vocal support for the implementation of an automated URL filtering system, proponents of internet freedom have started worrying that the government will go ahead with its censorship plans. (Express Tribune, 4/18)

Internet Censorship Listed: How Does Each Country Compare?
Censorship of internet content can take many forms and ranges from governments blocking the dissemination of political opinion to blacklisting pornographic and pirate websites. (Guardian, 4/16)

Nervous Kremlin Seeks To Purge Russia's Internet of 'Western' Influences
Unlike other media, the internet in Russia, has developed largely untouched by the arm of the state. The protests have prompted many to wonder: is that about to change? (The Guardian, 4/15)

Digital Media News Affecting Journalists and Activists

10 Most Powerful Women in Tech
The tech world is fast-moving, highly competitive and male-dominated. But not completely male-dominated. Some of the most prestigious and best-remunerated roles are held by females. Carolyn Leighton, founder and chairwoman of Women in Technology International, identifies the 10 most powerful women in tech. (CNN, 4/19)

Spanish- and Portuguese-Speaking Journalists to Discuss Digital Journalism at 5th Ibero-American Colloquium
Journalists, media executives, and scholars from Spain, Portugal and various countries throughout the Americas will gather Sunday, April 22, for the Fifth Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism, organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, 4/19)

How Reuters Journalists Use Social Media
Journalists riding today's raging river of social media information must be good navigators--or risk becoming waterlogged. Reuters journalists Anthony De Rosa and Lauren Young gave their own set of best practices for navigating the stream in a recent webinar. They shared tips for using social media as reporting tools, conversation starters, audience builders and more. (IJNET, 4/17)

World's First Global KA-Band Network Set to Revolutionize Digital Newsgathering
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GMPCS to appoint the broadcast media solutions specialist as a Value Added Reseller of Global Xpress™. (Broadcast Newsroom, 4/17)

"Making Our Own News" - Sharing Women's Social Knowledge in Sri Lanka
FrontlineSMS has huge potential as a tool for news-sharing, and this user guest post shows an example of this from a women's news network in Sri Lanka. (FrontlineSMS Blog, 4/16)

Brazilian Newspaper Launches Blog Exploring World of Data Journalism (Interview)
Marcelo Soares, data analysis specialist and member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, explained his most recent venture to the The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, (4/13)

Update on Digital Media Companies and Outlets

NATO and Facebook Join Forces in the Global Digital Age
As any history book would infer, each era across different geographic regions is shaped by defining qualities of its age. Some eras may be defined by their shipbuilding, exploration and manufacturing. Still others are defined by their communications technologies: calligraphy, the printing press, radio, television. (Huffington Post, 4/19)

Digital Media: Sony Launches Crackle in Latam's Spanish-Speaking Countries
Last month Crackle announced its launching in Brazil. This week the company announced Crackle, Inc., Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) multi-platform video entertainment network, will be available in 17 Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. (Portada, 4/19)

Google Boss Nick Leeder: Don't Put Digital in the Corner
Media buyers and advertisers are missing a trick by treating television advertising and online videos as separate silos on their media plans, according to the boss of Google's local operation. (Australian, 4/19)

Facebook-Instagram Deal Highlights Zuckerberg's Hacker Spirit
If reports Wednesday are to be believed, one of the tech industry's biggest deals in recent history was hammered out almost exclusively by two 20-somethings over the course of what amounts to a long weekend. (CNN, 4/18)

US Local Newspaper Launches Paid-For HTML5 Web App
Washington newspaper the Chronicle has launched an FT-style web app for iPad, bypassing Apple and including it in its paid subscription bundle (, 4/18)

Is Twitter Trying to End the Tech Patent Wars?
Twitter announced an internal patent agreement on Tuesday that it says will empower designers and engineers -- as well as hopefully begin a movement to quell the tech world's rash of patent infringement lawsuits. (Mashable, 4/18)

BBC Gives the World to AudioBoo
The BBC has chosen AudioBoo as an official partner for publishing web clips of its programming content, providing a significant endorsement for an eight-person London-based business that began life a little over two years ago. (Financial Times, 4/18)

Shared Online Paywall Service Piano Media Secures 2 Million Euros From 3TS
Slovak startup Piano Media, which has challenged the online media industry with an aggregated paywall concept, has raised €2 million from 3TS, one of the leading private equity funds in Central and Eastern Europe. (TechCrunch, 4/17)

Tech Irony: Google Teams Up with Investigative Journalists at "Techraking 2012"
"Technologists and muckrakers pursuing a more perfect union." That is the headline describing the Techraking 2012 Summit, a collaborative event attended by editors, journalists, and technologists yesterday at the Googleplex in Mountain View. Co-hosted by the venerable Center for Investigative Reporting, it represents Google's new foray into watchdog journalism. (Business2Community, 4/13)

Technologists and Muckrakers Pursuing a More Perfect Union
Today, roughly 200 reporters, editors and technologists are gathering at the Googleplex in Mountain View for our first TechRaking summit. Co-hosted with theCenter for Investigative Reporting, the oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization in the United States, this gathering is meant to inspire muckraking by exploring tools that help reporters tell stories with greater interactivity, opportunities for long-form journalism to thrive in new mediums, best practices for verifying information and fact-checking online and much more throughout the course of the day. Think of it as the intersection of science and art when it comes to converting information into knowledge. (Google blog, 4/12)

China's Firewall Tested

The Not-So-Great Firewall of China
Every news organization needs a social media strategy. Even China's government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now "tweets" news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo -- through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. (Foreign Policy, 4/17)

Ai Weiwei Says Censorship in China Will Ultimately Fail
After being released from retainment last year, Ai Weiwei has published an op-ed criticizing Internet censorship by the Chinese Communist Party. The Guardian UK published a commentary titled "China's censorship can never defeat the internet" last Sunday by Ai. In criticizing the Chinese government's ongoing crusade against Internet freedom, he referenced Cultural Revolution-era anecdotes. (OpenNet Initiative, 4/18)

China's Censors Tested By Microbloggers Who Keep One Step Ahead of State Media
In the opaque world of Chinese censorship, a few red lines shine through the murk. One of the clearest is: no gossip about top political leaders, their families or internal party affairs. (The Guardian, 4/15)

China Firewall Slams Shut
The Great Firewall of China came into full force this week when the country was virtually cut off from the rest of the world as the government cracked down on rumors and speculation over the recent scandal involving a top Communist Party leader whose wife is now accused of murdering a British businessman. (Asia Times, 4/14)

Digital Media in the Middle East

Google MENA's Maha Abouelenein: "The Barrier of Fear Has Been Broken"
Maha Abouelenein is head of global communications and public affairs for the Middle East and North Africa region at Google. An American Egyptian, Abouelenein has worked in communications in the Middle East for the past 15 years, and her role at Google offers her unique insight into the region's dramatic adoption of digital media, exemplified best by the tumultuous events of the Arab Spring. (Holmes Report, 4/19)

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital world when its telecommunications system was linked to a vast new undersea cable system serving the Gulf countries. (New York Times, 4/15)

Net Governance

Free Speech Haven or Lawless Cesspool - Can the Internet be Civilised?
From hard porn to broken injunctions, the unfettered web has played havoc with the law. But moves are afoot to tame it (Guardian, 4/19)

EU Parliament Wants Tighter Monitoring of Internet Censorship
The European Parliament has called for new rules to monitor internet censorship by autocratic regimes. The political body voted overwhelmingly in favour of the motion on Wednesday, 580 votes for, 28 against and 74 abstentions. (CIO, 4/19)

CISPA: What's so Bad About it?
The battle lines have been drawn over new legislation regulating the internet. But few seem to understand what exactly CISPA might do. (GlobalPost, 4/16)

CISPA Resource Page
This page provides resources from CDT and others on CISPA, one of several cybersecurity bills currently moving through Congress. CISPA is scheduled to go to the House floor the week of April 23rd for a vote. CDT takes very seriously the need for cybersecurity legislation, but we have grave concerns about the unnecessary threats to individuals' personal privacy posed by CISPA. CDT has this resource ( ) to contact your Members of Congress about CISPA. (CDT)

Pulitzer Prize Honors Digital Media

Pultizer Honors Digital Media: Decision Celebrates Cutting-Edge Journalism
This year's Pulitzer Awards surprised Harvard affiliates for both their conservative choices and celebration of the cutting-edge. The Pulitzer Prize Board gave no awards in the Fiction or Editorial Writing categories, but also presented recognition to digital media outlets-Huffington Post and Politico-for the first time. (Harvard Crimson, 4/18)

Online Journalism Shines in 2012 Pulitzer Picks
As far as awards go, the Pulitzer Prizes are the traditional standard of journalistic excellence. But this year's winners, just announced, show that the judges continue to have an eye for new sources of quality journalism. (Nieman Journalism Lab, 4/16)


Survey: Social Media Evidence Soaring in Court Cases
Every week the media seems to offer a new account of some dumb crook who is off to the slammer because he posted about his caper on Facebook. It turns out this phenomenon may be even more widespread than we think. (TIME, 4/20)

Digital Outlets Copy a Broadcasting Ritual
Internet video wants some of television's ad dollars, and it's not above a little copycatting to help the cause. (News-Leader, 4/19)

Understanding How the Internet Is Transforming Personal Connections in China
The internet has transformed China's closed inner circle of personal connections, referred to asguanxi, into a more open chain of relationships, said social-media giant S Y Lau of Tencent. (AdAge, 4/18)

Pay Walls and Social Media Could Shift the Public Agenda
If conversations around digital journalism have been dominated by anything in the first quarter of 2012, it's probably been about subscriptions, also known as pay walls. (PBS Idea Lab, 4/17)


GNI Releases 2011 Annual Report
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) released its 2011 Annual Report today at an event in Stockholm. The report offers a look at GNI's recent work, its nine new members, and the second phase of its company assessment process. (CDT, 4/18)
Global Network Initiative:
Download full report:


Global Policy Weekly
The Center for Democracy and Technology's Global Policy Weekly highlights the latest Internet policy developments and proposals from around the world, compiled by CDT's Global Internet Freedom Project.

Deeplinks Blog
Online censorship, privacy, and surveillance information from Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The Open Net Initiative
The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of three institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa).

NDItech | democracyworks
The NDItech DemocracyWorks blog provides a platform for NDI to engage in ongoing conversations about the important and increasing role technology plays in politics and democratic development. The blog is managed by NDI's ICT (information and communication technology) team.

Internet and Digital Media in China

Social Media Exchange
Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a social enterprise that offers training and consulting on social media and online strategy to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Lebanon and the Arab world.