Digital Media Mash Up: May 2012, Week 1

In this Issue

Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C.

In the News:

Research

Resources


Upcoming Events - In Washington, DC


Global Internet Freedom: A Foreign Policy Imperative in a Digital Age
http://www.cnas.org/node/8134
Thursday, May 10, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Host:
Center for a New American Security
About: The transformative political power of the Internet has seized the imagination of millions in the United States and abroad. The Arab Spring and other popular movements around the world highlight the role of new communications tools in spurring political change. At the same time, autocratic governments seek to suppress the free use of these tools. As the United States government has articulated a strategy of promoting global Internet freedom, Congress has a critical role to play in determining how the United States will manage this key foreign policy issue.
Featuring: Members of the U.S. Senate and House Global Internet Freedom Caucuses: Senator Chris Coons (D - DE) and Congressman Chris Smith (R - NJ). It will also feature a panel discussion among experts, including: Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Daniel Calingaert, Vice President for Policy and External Relations at Freedom House; Pablo Chavez, Director of Public Policy at Google; Rebecca MacKinnon of the New America Foundation; and Richard Fontaine, Senior Advisor at CNAS.
Location: U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center, Room SVC 208-209
E Capitol Street N.E. & 1st Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20515
RSVP: Online: https://cnas.wufoo.com/forms/x7r8k9/, or by phone: (202) 457-9427

The FTC's Message to Congress on Privacy Legislation
http://www.netcaucus.org/events/2012/privacy/index.shtml
Monday, May 14, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Host:
Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
About: This event is part of a series of privacy events featuring representatives from the: White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, the Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission
Featuring: Maneesha Mithal is the Associate Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Location: Rayburn House Office Building - Room 2226
RSVP: rsvp@netcaucus.org


In the News


Global Censorship Update


Burma Employs 'Chinese Model' of Internet Control
Greater freedom of expression in Burma has seen it move from the second worst country in the world for press censorship to number seven on that list according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. (ABC Radio Australia, 5/3)
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asi...

Censorship Combated With Wordplay
Poor Chinese censors, they seem doomed to lose the linguistic battle against the online community. Like never before, internet users are discussing the fallen politician Bo Xilai and - more recently - the blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng in code language, to avoid the great Chinese firewall. (Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 5/3)
http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/censorship-combated-wordplay

Cracks in the Wall: Will China's Great Firewall Backfire?
Google may have rolled out its cloud-storage Google Drive last week, but some 500 million internet users may never have a chance to try it out - those in China. (BBC, 5/3)
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17910953

Russian Media: True, We're 'Not Free' - But We're Not Zimbabwe
Russian media experts and journalists say Freedom House's annual press freedom survey doesn't acknowledge the rise of independent media outlets and social media, which are broadening the landscape. (Christian Science Monitor, 5/2)
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2012/0502/Russian-media-True-we-re...

Report: Israel's Army Censor to Monitor Social Media
Israel's army has launched a new system to monitor and censor information on the Internet, its chief military censor told an Israeli newspaper Tuesday. (Ma'an News Agency, 5/2)
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=481797

China's Rush to Erase Blind Activist From Social Media a Cast Study in Internet Censorship
A well-known blind activist's escape from house arrest in China has set off a cat-and-mouse conflict on the Internet between censors and netizens. (Washington Post, 5/1)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-rush-to-erase-bl...

Africa: Repression in the Digital Era
Blocking search engines, charging the earth for internet, torturing activists to get their Facebook and Twitter passwords, passing laws that control what people can (and can't) talk about online. (allAfrica, 5/1)
http://allafrica.com/stories/201205020936.html

In Most Censored Countries, Internet is Hamstrung or Withheld
One big reason for the Internet's success is its role as a universal standard, interoperable across the world. The data packets that leave your computer in Botswana are the same as those which arrive in Barbados. The same is increasingly true of modern mobile networks. Standards are converging: You can use your phone, access an app, or send a text, wherever you are. (Huffington Post, 5/1)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/committee-to-protect-journalists/in-most-c...

Chinese Censors Block News on Blind Activist's Escape
A Chinese musician famous for playing a two-stringed fiddle, a 1994 Hollywood drama about two prison inmates, a United Airlines flight bound for Washington and CNN -- what do they have in common? (CNN, 4/30)
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/asia/china-chen-internet/index.html?...


Digital Media News Affecting Journalists and Activists


Digital First Media Adding More 'Community Newsrooms'
Following the success of December 2010 pilot project the Newsroom Cafe at the Register Citizen in Torrington, Connecticut, Digital First Media has announced plans to expand community outreach at a dozen papers across the country. Two of which are in California. (FishBowlLA, 5/4)
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/digital-media-first-san-jose-mercu...

OnRoute Digital Media Launches Mobile Platform "BreadKrum" with the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA)
The BreadKrum Trail is the first hyper-local mobile software platform specifically designed for integration with media organizations. BreadKrum gives media organizations the ability to create and deliver localized electronic trails of information and money saving offers. (PRWeb, 5/3)
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9462728.htm

Digital and Social Media - The Marketer's Secret Weapon
FACT: "Advertising has been going through the most fundamental transformation in its history with the emergence of digital marketing and digital continues to transform on a daily basis." And it will continue to do so with the explosion of social media, continuous advancement in technology and the mass adoption of digital engagement by consumers. (BizCommunity, 5/2)
http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/16/74482.html

App of the Week for Journalists: Storyful, for Curated Social Media Stories
Want an easy way to track the top news stories on social media? Storyful's new iPhone apps helps you search by top keywords (currently Cairo, Egypt and Obama), regions and date. (journalism.co.uk, 5/2)
http://blogs.journalism.co.uk/2012/05/02/app-of-the-week-for-journalists...

In Search of the Truth: Investigative Journalism in a Digital Age
This is a report from the British Humanist Association, following an April 2012 talk by the Bureau's Managing Editor Iain Overton. We republish here with kind thanks to the West London branch of the BHA. (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 5/2)
http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/05/02/in-search-of-the-truth-i...

Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads
For as long as anyone can remember, the ability to create and publish information was left to professionals. But then, suddenly, we were all given the freedom and the tools to become part of the information ecosystem. (BBC, 5/2)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2012/05/digital_overload_and_the_...

Meet Signal, the Instagram of Citizen Journalism
What do you get when you combine a photo-sharing mobile platform like Instagram with more geo-location awareness and a Reddit-style voting system for stories breaking all over the world? (Mashable, 5/2)
http://mashable.com/2012/05/03/instagram-citizen-journalism/

Columbia Grants $2 Million to School of Journalism for Digital Media Research
Columbia University's School of Journalism has decided to allocate $2 million of funding from the Knight Foundation and Tow Foundation towards finding the "best practices" in digital media. The research sets out to analyze data and give recommendations for certain journalism methods used during the universal shift towards a tech-oriented world. More specifically, the research will revolve around three main concepts: impact, transparency, and data visualization. (NYConvergence, 5/2)
http://nyconvergence.com/2012/05/columbia-grants-2-million-to-school-of-...

Safer Mobile Use is Key Issue for Journalists
As the Internet and mobile communications become more integrated into reporters' work, the digital threats to journalists' work and safety have increased as well. While many press reports have documented Internet surveillance and censorship--and the efforts to combat them--mobile communications are the new frontline for journalist security. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 5/2)
http://www.cpj.org/security/2012/05/safer-mobile-use-for-journalists.php

OONI Maps Internet Censorship on a Global Scale
Tor developers Arturo Filasto and Jacob Appelbaumhave been working on a new tool they call the OONI-probe. OONI stands for Open Observatory of Network Interference and is designed to help map internet censorship across the global network. (The H, 5/2)
http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/OONI-maps-internet-censorship...

Top 5 Tech Tools for Student Journalists
Have you heard? The journalism industry is in crisis. But this impending catastrophe is not what one might expect. I'm not about to herald the end of print newspaper, the decline of readership, or the like. Rather, the predicament facing journalists today is in how to embrace the digital -- in deciding which technologies journalists should use, and how. (Huffington Post, 5/1)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-rasmussen/top-5-tech-tools-for-stud_b...

The Tor Project's New Tool Aims to Map Out Internet Censorship
For years, the non-profit Tor Project has offered Internet users the world's most secure tool for dodging censorship and surveillance, used by tens of millions of people around the world. Now two of the project's researchers aim to help users to not only bypass what they call the "filternet"-the choked, distorted and censored subset of the Internet-but to understand it and map it out, the better to eradicate its restrictions. (Forbes, 4/30)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/04/30/the-tor-projects-ne...

Taiwan Launches Digital Media Development Center
The Digital Media Development Center, charged with digitalizing Taiwan's traditional media industry and helping it form partnerships with information technology firms, was inaugurated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs April 27 in Taipei City. (Taiwan Today, 4/30)
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=189927&ctNode=445

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?
Had Narrative Science - a company that trains computers to write news stories-created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company's Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. Nor would it dwell on the fact that this potentially job-killing technology was incubated in part at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Those ironies are obvious to a human. But not to a computer. (Wired, 4/24)
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/can-an-algorithm-write-a-better-n...


Update on Digital Media Companies and Outlets


Facebook Joins Global Network Initiative as an Observer
Facebook has agreed to be an observer at the Global Network Initiative (GNI), an organization that aims to prevent censorship of the Internet by authoritarian governments. (The Hill, 5/3)
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/225217-facebook-join...

Three Reasons Why Every Smart Startup is a Digital Media Company
How many times do you plan to win the lottery in your lifetime?
Seems like a silly question. Even if you reply "Just once," you seem bad at math at best. But this is the exact mentality that's fueling Internet Gold Rush 2.0. People look at companies like Instagram (acquired for a billion without a dime of revenue), and even Twitter, which started as something a few comfortably wealthy guys created for fun. (Forbes, 5/2)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianclark/2012/05/02/digital-media-startup/

The Guardian US Tops 24.1 Million Unique Browsers in April
Social media's "Gold Rush" is quickly approaching its apex. Some companies are poised to grow exponentially. Others may be visiting a local "Cash For Gold" in the near future. (Washington Times, 5/2)
http://www.execdigital.com/press_releases/the-guardian-us-tops-241-milli...

Al Jazeera's Webby Award-Winning The Stream at One
The successes of The Stream, 'a social media community with a daily TV show', which was first broadcast on Al Jazeera English a year ago today (journalism.co.uk, 5/2)
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news-features/al-jazeera-the-stream-social-m...

The Future of Social Media: CrushIQ CEO Tim Moore
Social media's "Gold Rush" is quickly approaching its apex. Some companies are poised to grow exponentially. Others may be visiting a local "Cash For Gold" in the near future. (Washington Times, 5/2)
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/status-update/2012/m...

Twitter Will Not Kill Journalism - OpEd
Meshari Al-Dhayedi recently joined the clamor triggered by the fear that the Twitter age has heralded the end of journalism. This kind of apprehension is nothing new, rather it is something that keeps recurring from time to time. (Eurasia Review, 5/1) http://www.eurasiareview.com/01052012-twitter-will-not-kill-journalism-o...

Here's Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years
We think of Google and Facebook as Web gorillas. They'll be around forever. Yet, with the rate that the tech world is moving these days, there are good reasons to think both might be gone completely in 5 - 8 years. (Forbes, 4/30)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2012/04/30/heres-why-google-and-...


World Press Freedom Day 2012


Freedom of the Press 2012: Breakthroughs and Pushback in the Middle East
The year 2011 featured precarious but potentially far-reaching gains for media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. Major steps forward were recorded in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, where longtime dictators were removed after successful popular uprisings. While trends in these countries were not uniformly positive, with important setbacks to democratic prospects in both Egypt and Libya toward year's end, the magnitude of the improvements-especially in Tunisia and Libya-represented major break¬throughs in a region that has a long history of media control by autocratic leaders. The gains more than offset declines in several other countries in the Middle East. And even the great¬est declines, in Bahrain and Syria, reflected the regimes' alarmed and violent reac¬tions to tena¬cious protest move¬ments,¬ whose bold demands for greater freedom included calls for a more open media environment. (Freedom House, 5/1)
http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/freedom-press-2012

Rights Groups: Asian Media Freedoms Under Fire
Rights groups say media freedoms across Southeast Asia are under threat with arrests of reporters and bloggers and new legislation targeting journalists. There is a shifting legal landscape for journalists in Thailand, Vietnam and Burma. (Voice of America, 5/3)
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/southeast/Rights-Groups-Say-Asi...


Digital Media in the Middle East


In Ramallah, Clinton Tech Adviser Says US Backs Open Internet
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top technology adviser told a group of Palestinian bloggers Wednesday that efforts to censor the Internet would ultimately backfire. (Ma'an News Agency, 5/3)
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=481751

Using Digital Innovation, CrowdVoice.org Seeks to Amplify Minority Voice in the Middle East
Esra'a Al Shafei is founder of CrowdVoice.org, a user-powered service that tracks voices of protest from around the world by crowdsourcing information. She is also the founder and Director of MideastYouth.com, an organization that aims to amplify diverse and progressive voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media. (University of Pennsylvania, 4/30)
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/arabic/article.cfm?articleid=2819&lan...

Iran to Hold 6th International Digital Media Exhibition
Iran is planning to hold the 6th International Digital Media Exhibition, presenting the latest digital achievements in the capital city of Tehran from October 4 to 13. (Business Recorder, 4/30)
http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/business-a-economy/55445-iran-to-hold-...


Net Governance


European Union Firmly Opposes Social Media Regulations: Report
Amid a debate here on regulating social media, European Union (EU) today said it is firmly opposed to any "unjustified, disproportional restrictions of access to or use of these media." (Economic Times, 5/3)
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/european-union-firmly-...

Mozilla Slams CISPA - Microsoft Flips Support Yet Again
While most of Silicon Valley is silent on the subject, Mozilla has now spoken up against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. (Digital Journal, 5/2)
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/324084

3 Reasons Why CISPA Will Adapt or Die in the Senate
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, cleared the House of Representatives late last week. (Mashable, 5/1)
http://mashable.com/2012/04/30/cispa-congress/

In Cybersecurity Bill CISPA Passage, Voices of the Internet Community Were Heard
The Internet community's campaign against the cybersecurity bill CISPA didn't stop the House from passing it. But as the bill moves to the Senate, the Center for Democracy and Technology's Leslie Harris says the outcry spurred important privacy improvements. (Daily Beast, 4/30)
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/house-passage-of-cybers...


Etc.


(Video) Big Digital Media Conference Set for Paris in June with Randi Zuckerberg, others
PARIS -- UbiQ, a new digital media and entertainment conference will debut in Paris on June 18 and 19, with several highlevel speakers including Randy Zuckerberg, Machinima's Allen DeBevoise, Ooyala co-founder Sean Knapp and some 60 others who will be part of the conference at the historic Palais Brongnairt. (Huffington Post, 5/3)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-plesser/video-big-digital-media-c_b_1...

Politics, Social Media and the Digital Campaign Landscape
Collectively, President Obama and the Republican candidates have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns. The online advertising spend for this election has increased seven fold since 2008, with the bulk going into display advertising, email and paid search. (AllTwitter, 5/2)
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/digital-campaign-landscape_b22011

Why the New iPad Might not be the Tablet that Saves Journalism
"Sorry, it is not available," the shop assistant told me. Ordering online wasn't a possibility either; the ASUS Transformer was nowhere to be found. My rooted, white Pandigital tablet was too clumsy and slow for the job of mobile reporting and reading. I needed a real, powerful tablet. (memeburn, 5/2)
http://memeburn.com/2012/05/why-the-new-ipad-might-not-be-the-tablet-tha...

The Big Idea: Robots Should Take Our Jobs
At a time when computer programs are threatening to become competent journalists, capable of spitting out clear-headed reports on financial earnings reports and the like, this could get a little personal. But I thought I would draw your attention to a provocative statement posted on Wednesday by Kevin Kelly, the Wired magazine co-founder and author of "What Technology Wants." (CNN, 5/2) http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/02/the-big-idea-robots-should-tak...

New Film "High Tech, Low Life" on Chinese Bloggers
"High Tech, Low Life," a new documentary about Chinese bloggers directed by Stephen Maing, debuted at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 19. It documents the lives of Zola (Zhou Shuguang) and Tiger Temple (Zhang Shihe), as they blur the lines of citizen journalism and activism though their reporting on evictions, pollution, and official cover-ups in China. Zola was in town for the premiere, and he and the director fielded questions from the audience after the film's showing. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 5/1)
http://www.cpj.org/blog/2012/05/new-film-high-tech-low-life-showcases-ch...


Research


Freedom of the Press 2012: Breakthroughs and Pushback in the Middle East
The year 2011 featured precarious but potentially far-reaching gains for media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. Major steps forward were recorded in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, where longtime dictators were removed after successful popular uprisings. While trends in these countries were not uniformly positive, with important setbacks to democratic prospects in both Egypt and Libya toward year's end, the magnitude of the improvements-especially in Tunisia and Libya-represented major break¬throughs in a region that has a long history of media control by autocratic leaders. The gains more than offset declines in several other countries in the Middle East. And even the great¬est declines, in Bahrain and Syria, reflected the regimes' alarmed and violent reac¬tions to tena¬cious protest move¬ments,¬ whose bold demands for greater freedom included calls for a more open media environment. (Freedom House, 5/1)
http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/freedom-press-2012

Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media is Changing Our News and Our Lives
In his new book, Rory O'Connor traces the impact of social media on how we get our information -- and who we trust to bring it to us. (AlterNet, 5/1)
http://www.alternet.org/media/155219/friends,_followers_and_the_future%3...
ocial_media_is_changing_our_news_and_our_lives

Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media
There's a revolution going on, as ever-accelerating developments in digital information technologies change nearly every aspect of how we live, work, play, do business, and engage in politics. Share and share alike-the numbers say it all as billions of people worldwide flock to online media and use social networks to discover and spread news and information. (City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, by Rory O'Connor, 4/2012)
http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100981880&CFID=1626209&CFTOKEN...

Cultivating the Landscape of Innovation in Computational Journalism
Technology is rapidly shifting the ways in which news information is gathered, produced, and
disseminated. Some of the core areas of computing, like databases and information retrieval, are already hard at work driving many of these changes as news organizations re-adjust to the digital era. Yet the transfer and use of computing technology in news and journalism can be accelerated. This paper takes as its premise that there may be opportunities for computational innovation in journalism that have been overlooked or are underexplored. What are some of the other technologies, beyond databases and information retrieval, that can be used to help fulfill news consumers' needs, to advance the goals of journalism, or to enhance the production and dissemination of knowledge for the public?
(CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Nicholas Diakopoulos, 4/2012)
http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/diakopoulos_wh...


Resources


IJNet
IJNet.org is the premier global website for journalists and media managers to learn about training and networking opportunities.
http://ijnet.org/

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.
https://www.cdt.org/category/blogtags/global-policy-weekly

Deeplinks Blog
Online censorship, privacy, and surveillance information from Electronic Frontier Foundation.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks

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).
http://opennet.net/

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.
http://www.demworks.org/

DigiCha
Internet and Digital Media in China
http://digicha.com/

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.
http://www.smex.org/


*Items compiled for the Digital Media Mash Up are taken directly from other websites and published material. The links do not represent the views of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Center for International Media Assistance, or its staff.