Digital Media Mash Up: March 2012 Week 2

In this Issue

Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C. and Beyond

In the News:


Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C. and Beyond

Washington, DC

The Big Chill: Press Freedom in Turkey
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 2 p.m.
Despite progress resulting from the country's European Union accession process, there are serious concerns about the future of liberal democracy in Turkey, particularly for freedom of expression. Arrests of journalists, vague laws on criminal defamation and insult, Internet censorship, and concentration of ownership have had a chilling effect on press freedom in Turkey, which is one of the world's worst jailers of journalists. Over the last decade, the result has been chronic self-censorship by reporters and commentators fearful of prosecution or losing their jobs. Panelists will examine whether attempts to curb press freedom have dimmed Turkey's democratic glow and how they have had an impact on the balance between state security and human rights.
Featuring: Ilhan Tanir, Vatan Daily, Hürriyet Daily News; Berna Turam, Northeastern University; Moderated by: Richard Kraemer, National Endowment for Democracy; Remarks by:
Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy
Location: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004

Beyond Washington

Breaking Through Internet Censorship
Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.
The Swiss branch of Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and NY-based PEN American Center partner to celebrate World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an initiative launched by RWB in 2008 to support a single Internet without walls and available to all. Though walls still stand today, bloggers, hacktivists and specialists in Internet security have been astonishingly creative in their circumvention of censorship, matching the vanguard vigilance of censors. Come hear international bloggers who will share their personal experience with censorship, and Internet experts who will offer information and new technology to help netizens of the world outwit surveillance. In partnership with PEN American Center.
Featuring: Stéphane Koch (Vice-President of the ethical hacking company High-Tech Bridge SA;
Founder of, Ebtihal Mubarak (Brooklyn-based Saudi journalist and blogger),
Thérèse Obrecht (President, Swiss branch of Reporters Without Borders), Anas Qtiesh (San Francisco based Syrian blogger and activist), and surprise guests. Moderated by Rebecca MacKinnon (Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; author of Consent of the Networked)
Location: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, New York City

Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development
Monday, March 12, 5 p.m.
The panel will specifically explore how African women are using technology to make an impact through digital advocacy to protect people's rights, social media to help grassroots organizations engage new supporters worldwide, mobile advertising to enable small businesses to access new markets, internet connectivity to integrate the often unheard community voices into the global conversation on development.
Featuring: Deborah Ensor VP, Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs Internews; Ebele Okobi Dir, Business Yahoo! Inc; Isis Nyong'o VP & MD, Africa InMobi Africa; Liz Ngonzi Technology Faculty New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising; TMS Ruge Cofounder Project Diaspora
Location: AT&T Conference Hotel, 1900 University Avenue, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

An Unusual Arsenal: Tech Tools to Topple a Tyrant
Monday, March 12, 12:30 p.m.
Instead of guns and knives, the revolutionaries who descended upon Tahrir Square on Feb. 1 packed a potent arsenal of technological tools that ended the corrupt, 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak. Their weapons of choice: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube - everyday tools that can be used to plan a party or plot a revolution. But with one third of the world living under Internet censorship, the tools we take for granted in America are precious commodities elsewhere. When Mubarak's government hit the kill switch, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - and those using these tools to rally - were rendered powerless. When the Internet goes black, as it did Jan. 27, how do revolutionaries access these invaluable social channels to communicate, mobilize and ultimately overthrow an unjust government? How do citizens in radio silence tune into the rest of the world - without incurring the wrath of their government? What are the tools behind the tools that every revolutionary should include in his tool kit? And why should you care?
Featuring: David Gorodyansky CEO & Co-Founder AnchorFree; Jamal Dajani VP for Middle East & North Africa Internews Network; Neal Ungerleider Reporter Fast Company; Peter Fein N/A Telecomix; Sonja Gittens-Ottley Mgr, Business & Human Rights Program Yahoo! Inc
Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas

Global Censorship Conference
March 30, 31, and April 1, 2012
The ubiquity of the Internet has added an additional layer of complexity to issues of government censorship. It is both an unrivaled tool for speech and an incredible tool for monitoring and surveillance. This conference will consider how censorship has changed in a networked world, exploring how networks have altered the practices of both governments and their citizens. Panels will include discussions of how governments can and do censor and how speakers can command technical and legal tools to preserve their ability to speak. The conference will conclude with a discussion of new controversies in censorship, including laws designed to prevent online bullying and intellectual property infringement.
Featuring: Rebecca MacKinnon, Jack Balkin, Yochai Benkler
Location: Yale Law School

Adapting Journalism to the Web
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5 p.m.
New communications technologies are revolutionizing our experience of news and information. The avalanche of news, gossip, and citizen reporting available on the web is immensely valuable but also often deeply unreliable. How can professional reporters and editors help to assure that quality journalism will be recognized and valued in our brave new digital world?
Featuring: Jay Rosen is director of NYU's Studio 20 and Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT.
Location: MIT, 633-E14, Media Lab

In the News

Global Censorship Update

CHINA: 'Invisible Tibet' Blogger Elicits China's Extra-judicial Ire
Beijing-based blogger Woeser reported on her website Invisible Tibet today that she has been confined to her residence by Beijing public security officers who are stationed outside her home. Woeser, an outspoken critic of Chinese government policies in Tibet, has written about a series of recent self-immolations among monks and arrests of writers in western China. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 3/4)

CHINA: How the Wrong Tweet in China 'May Send You in a Forced Labor Camp'
The "microblog" twitter equivalents in China like weibo are more popular than ever, but they are also increasingly risky. Nervous public officials are imposing harsh sentences to those who send out bad bits of information, and requiring real names for anyone to sign up. It's dangerous to be a Chinese microblogger these days. Every time there's a rumour about a matter of public concern, someone ends up in a prison or a re-education camp. (World News Australia, 3/6)

TAJIKISTAN: Tajikistan Blocks Access to Facebook, News Sites

Tajikistan blocked local access to Facebook and two Russian-language sites that published an article critical of its long-serving president on Saturday, representatives of two Internet providers said. (Radio Netherlands, 3/4)

Digital Media News Affecting Journalists and Activists

News Executives Acknowledge 'Toxic' Cultural Divide between Print and Digital
After 18 months of work and countless pinky-shake vows of confidentiality, my colleagues at the Project for Excellence In Journalism have a fresh report out today on the newspaper industry's search for a new business model. (Poynter, 3/6)

Journalism in the Age of Data
VIDEO: A video report on data visualization as a story telling medium. (Stanford University, 3/8)

The Newsonomics of Paywalls All over the World
As more newspapers get on the paid-content bandwagon, there are a few promising models popping up. Here's what to learn from them. (Nieman Journalism Lab, 3/8)

Journalism in the Digital World
The Intajour Fellowship Program is a ten-month-long course called "Journalism in the Digital World". The next batch starts on September 2, 2012 and consists of attendance phases as well as e-learning phases. It is a challenging high profile program and please read carefully this description before applying. The application deadline for the 2012/2013 Fellowship Program is May 7, 2012 (11am CET).

Update on Digital Media Companies and Outlets

Hacks List: South Africa's Journalists on Twitter
A list of South African Journalists on Twitter.

Twitter Now Available in Right-to-Left Languages
Thanks to the efforts of 13,000 volunteers worldwide, Twitter is now available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu, according to a company blog post. (Mashable, 3/7)

How Al Jazeera Wants to Bring Twitter to the World
Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera launched an educational campaign this month that aims to teach viewers in Turkey, Bosnia and elsewhere in the world with how to use Twitter and Facebook. (GigaOM, 3/8)

The 25 Most Viral News Sites
INFOGRAPHIC: Newswhip, a site that tracks what news stories the world is talking about, has published a new infographic showing which are the most viral news sources on Twitter and Facebook. The BBC is tops on Twitter and The Huffington Post on Facebook. (Cyberjournalist, 3/8)

Digital Media in the Middle East

Arabic-speaking World a Twitter
Arabic Twitter has been welcomed by users of the microblogging site after it went live on Tuesday evening. (The National, 3/8)

IRAN: Iranian Activist Continues Hunger Strike

A jailed Iranian blogger has entered the 60th day of a hunger strike in protest against his imprisonment for criticising President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the government's policies, his family and activists have said. (Al-Jazeera, 3/8)

IRAN: An Interview with Nejat Bahrami: An Iranian Activist, Journalist and Blogger
Nejat Bahrami is a journalist, blogger, and political activist in Iran. He holds an MA in Political Science, plays an active role in a number of university-affiliated youth movements and serves as the vice president of the reformist Advar Tahkim party. In addition, his own blog, which is one of the most widely read blogs in Iran, has been blocked more than eight times by the Iranian government. Recently, Aswat contributor Amir Etemadi spoke with Bahrami in Iran to discuss some of his experiences as an activist and journalist in Iran. (Aswat, 3/7)

LEBANON: NGO Condemns Draft Law on Online Media
Maharat Foundation on Wednesday condemned the draft law on online media submitted to the cabinet by Information Minister Walid al-Daouq. (Now Lebanon, 3/7)

SYRIA: Citizen Journalists Undertake Mission in Syria: 'Bullets Don't Discriminate'

Two Americans whose first foray into citizen journalism was filming at an Occupy protest have moved on to one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters of any skill level. (The Guardian, 3/5)

Eurasia Update

BELARUS: First Political Viral Video from Belarus Passes 60,000 Views
A new video from Belarus depicting President Alexander Lukashenko as an annoying bee harassing a journalist has reached more than 60,000 views since it was posted 29 February, making it the first political video in the country to go viral. (Net Prophet, 3/8)

BELARUS: Witnessing the Economic Crisis: Citizen Journalism in Belarus

Citizen journalism is a great way of getting facts and local news directly from the source-from the community itself. This information can always be processed and published later by the professional journalists. However in Belarus, citizen journalism has yet to take off. (Net Prophet, 3/1)

GEORGIA: Georgia's Officials Go to Great Lengths to Be "Liked"

School children in Georgia are given as home assignment to 'like' their leaders. Having a popular official Facebook page has become essential to public figures of Georgia. (Democracy and Freedom Watch, 3/6)

Net Freedom Issues

Rebecca MacKinnon on Internet Freedom
PODCAST: On the podcast this week, Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN correspondent and now Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses her new book, "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom." (Technology Liberation Front, 3/6)

IRELAND: Ireland Passes SOPA-like Anti-piracy Legislation Despite Protests
Ireland has passed SOPA-like anti-piracy legislation that will allow copyright holders to request court injunctions against websites and social networks deemed to be hosting pirated content. (, 3/1)

UNITED KINGDOM: Internet Providers Lose UK Copyright Battle
Britain's High Court has endorsed the country's new copyright rules, siding with the music industry over Internet providers in a battle over online filesharing. (, 3/7)

Around the Blogosphere

Crowdsourcing is Hard Part 1: Incentives
The idea that everyone anywhere will contribute to your world-improving project is a powerful concept. The tantalizing vision of an army of unpaid enthusiasts doing all the work for you makes it sound like crowdsourcing will make your job easy, but successful execution of such a project has proven to be very hard. I told you a bit about the long-term election observation work we are doing with ISFED, GYLA and TI in Georgia, and the fact that even their extensive networks won't have eyes and ears everywhere. Enter crowdsourcing. We're going to try to take the strengths of trained observer election monitoring and meld with crowdsourced citizen reporting to combine the best of both worlds. (NDI Tech, 2/27)

50 Terrific Twitter Chats for Journalism Students
The web has become the place where a large number of people go to get their news, and with good reason. It's always on, numerous viewpoints are represented, and anyone can contribute. Thus, students of journalism not only need to study web journalism itself but would also be well-served by keeping up with the best ways to use the web to find information, network, and learn about their chosen career path. One of the best ways to do that at present is through Twitter chats. (Online, 3/4)

The Kony 2012 Campaign: A Manhunt Goes Viral
Have social media transformed the way the world can leverage its power towards issues of social justice? This is a question often pondered on this blog and by many researchers who analyze the power information and action have in transforming political structures, inciting revolutions, and now engaging in a global manhunt. The Invisible Children campaign began in 2003, when three filmmakers stumbled upon Uganda's 20-year-old struggle against rebel leader Joseph Kony and his group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)...The campaign entitled "Kony 2012" is leveraging the power of social networking to capture Kony, by making his name known throughout the world as public enemy number one. They are doing this by using many avenues of social media. (Sutradhar's Market, 3/8)


Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide
The cost of claiming a legitimate income tax refund in Hyderabad, India? 10,000 rupees. The going rate to get a child who has already passed the entrance requirements into high school in Nairobi, Kenya? 20,000 shillings. The expense of obtaining a driver's license after having passed the test in Karachi, Pakistan? 3,000 rupees. Such is the price of what Swati Ramanathan calls "retail corruption," the sort of nickel-and-dime bribery, as opposed to large-scale graft, that infects everyday life in so many parts of the world. (New York Times, 3/7)

Media Network Ends its 30 Year Run
Media Network web editor Andy Sennitt announced late this afternoon that their international media news blog is closing down as of Saturday March 24th 2012. Andy is retiring. Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (Radio Netherlands Worldwide) is heading off in a very different direction in the future. (Critical Distance, 3/8)

GERMANY: German Bill May Force Google to Pay for News Snippets
Germany's governing coalition has agreed to back new legislation that would force aggregators like Google to pay for using small citations. The unprecedented move has sparked an outcry among many Internet users. (Deutsche Welle, 3/7),,15791083,00.html

MEXICO: Online News Sites as Battleground for Mexican Drug War
I'm in Culiacán, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Part of my work here has been to investigate and highlight the cyber-attacks that the award-winning weekly local newsmagazine Ríodoce has encountered in its coverage of the violent drugs war here. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 3/8)


PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Connecting the World: Mobile and Social Media Trends
This survey is conducted by the Worldwide Independent Network for Market Research (WIN) and GALLUP International, which form together the largest association of leading independent market research and polling firms and centers throughout the whole world. (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, March 2012)