September 2nd, 2014
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Accountability is not part of Silicon Valley’s culture. But surely as news moves beyond paper and publisher, it must become so. For a decade or more, news organisations have been obeisant to the power of corporate technology, nodding and genuflecting at the latest improbably impressive magic. But their editorial processes have something to offer technologists too.
August 27th, 2014
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You see, you being ignorant of [the media response to violence in Chicago] doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored, in the same way that when it snows where you live doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter.

John Stewart, on Fox News’ outrage that the situation in Ferguson is being overblown while “journalists are not covering” violence in Chicago.

Yes, what could explain the lack of outrage about Al Sharpton and his ilk not doing anything about black-on-black violence in Chicago?

…Because African American leaders did hold a summit about that in November. And have met at least three times in the city just in the last 13 months. Which is not to say it’s effective, but taken along with the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which attempts to address this violence, and the countless vigils and marches within these violence torn communities means they are trying actually to do something. 

You see, you being ignorant of those attempts doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored, in the same way that when it snows where you live doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter. 

(via greenthepress)

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August 22nd, 2014
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Facebook says roughly one in seven people on the planet log in at least once a month. And yet, how News Feed works remains bafflingly opaque, like a secret box of technology, algorithms and magic that remains one of tech’s bigger mysteries. An entire consulting industry is built around trying to game it (think SEO for Google), and publishers invest enormous amounts of energy into succeeding on it, but as soon as people start to figure it out Facebook tweaks its secret recipe and everything goes out the window.
August 22nd, 2014
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August 19th, 2014
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Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering. It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.
August 18th, 2014
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futurejournalismproject:

10 Tips for Filming Protests, Demonstrations & Police Misconduct

Remember though, if you can’t run with it, probably best not to bring it.

This and other timely filming tips are available here (PDFs).

ImagesVia WITNESS. Select to embiggen.

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August 18th, 2014
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Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda. Or at least he worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign. On the latest episode of TLDR, Alex talks to Steve about inadvertently exposing the Rwandan government’s most prolific troll, and being banned from the country as a result.

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