I’ve been researching the application of digital technology to media development projects in authoritarian states and conflict zones. A big part of that has been the incorporation of emerging digital media tools into existing work streams . … More What Next for the Digital Creative Industries?
The basic function of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS) present a design problem, says Maurizio Teli of the University of Trento. How to design platforms for the collective production of sustainable solutions to societal issues? … More CAPs: Digital commons by public design
An interesting talk by Internews CEO Daniel Bruce on the potential problems of over-instrumentalising communications strategies during humanitarian crises, especially where the local media is not involved, let alone engaged. … More Communications as Aid rather than institutional tick-boxing
Commitments to greater media freedom and public access to information have been cut from a draft pact on post-2015 global development, barely days after campaigners had been told they had successfully won a place for them in the text. As the pact’s drafters reconvene this week and next, they face calls to restore the cut … More Restore public info & media rights to post-2015 agenda
After listing today’s staples, (1) advertising and (2) subscriptions, Marc Andreessen continued with (3) premium content (that is, “a paid tier on top of a free, ad-supported one”); (4) conferences and events; (5) cross-media (meaning that your news operation also generates books, movies, and the like); (6) crowd-funding; (7) micropayments, using Bitcoin; and (8) philanthropy. Nicholas Thompson, the editor of The New Yorker’s Web site and a co-founder of The Atavist, chimed in with two more: (9) “while building product you’re passionate about, create software you then license widely!”—The Atavist’s approach—and (10) “fund investigative business stories + then short stocks before publishing” … More Ten ‘most obvious business models’ for news now & in the future
From what I’ve read, journalism tends to sort of have this strong moral foundation to it, in a sense that it’s a very important institution in a democracy. Keeping people informed is its duty. … But people have grown to neglect that a bit or not appreciate it as much, so now the industry is sort of flailing, or withering a bit. … More An outsider’s view of media ‘morality’
The European Commission’s newly released statement on Europe’s role in shaping the future of the net (PDF) also opposes ‘new global legal instruments’ – a stance which could unnecessarily limit efforts to tackle large-scale Internet surveillance and a loss of public trust in the way the Internet is managed and run. … More Online rights can be defended by new international law
“It helps to envision modern journalism as a kind of video game. If you’re part of the Internet media, everything you put out into the world comes with its own scoring system. Tweets are counted by retweets and favorites, stories are scored by page views and Facebook likes. A writer’s reach and influence is visible right there, in the number of his followers and the number of “influencers” who subscribe to his or her feed. If you’re wondering why so many writers and journalists from such divergent backgrounds would feel the need to instantly tweet out unconfirmed information to their followers, all you have to do is think of the modern Internet reporter as some form of super Redditor — to be silent is to lose points. To be retweeted is to gain them. We do it for the ‘karma’.” … More The dysfunctional co-dependence of old and new media
“I think advocacy groups should work more like independent producers in the film sector – a solid organisational core with a creative vision and a broad mix of skills, funding partners and freelancers to deliver the goods. Not giant self-contained MGM-type studios.” … More Leaving Index on Censorship
Is this good? More connectivity is always good, even if only as cover for dissidents who can hack the system. China is moving away from direct censorship to more targeted surveillance – not to stop opinion, but to stop people organising around it. … More Google goes to North Korea in search of …what?