January 18th, 2012
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January 16th, 2012
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Press Briefing on the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect-IP Act

Journalists are invited to this press briefing organized by The Media Consortium.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES                                                                     

CONTACT: Jo Ellen Green Kaiser at joellen@themediaconsortium.com

 Congress is currently conducting hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA). These bills are both aimed at preventing the illegal use of copyrighted materials, but have become hotly contested by media outlets and content providers concerned the bills go too far. On January 18, a number of media companies are planning to blackout their websites in protest of the bills. This briefing will offer background on the bills and information about the January 18 action. The briefing is sponsored by The Media Consortium. It is open to journalists from any media outlet or organization. 


When: Tuesday, January 17, 10:00-11:00 AM EST

Where: Conference call with chat:

Please join the chat at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/236450089

Please join the conference call at  +1 (213) 493-0606; Access Code: 236-450-089

Format: 

10:00 am  TMC welcomes press to call

10:05 am  Josh Levy/Free Press to introduce the briefing and briefly give an overview of SOPA/PIPA
10:10 am  Art Brodsky and Sherwin Siy/Public Knowlege to discuss policy implications of the bills
10:15 am  Erik Martin/Reddit to discuss impact on media companies and blackout action
10:20 am  Casey Rae-Hunter/Future of Music Coalition to discuss impact on content-creators
10:25 am  Tiffiniy Cheng/Downhill Battle on grassroots activism

10:30 am  Questions

Organizers will ask journalists to post questions via chat, so they can be asked in an orderly fashion.

January 10th, 2012
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Social Shares: New tools for the 2012 election and free training

The ONA Issues Tumblr is your platform to define and explore the pressing issues in digital media and get a better fix on how they impact your work. Here are the top five posts from last week.

  • Want to learn to code? Code Year will help you do it in 2012 by sending you a free lesson a week.
  • Check out these new tools to watch the 2012 election coverage.


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January 10th, 2012
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January 5th, 2012
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With debate over SOPA’s future tabled until Congress reconvenes, you might think the issue would have entered a similar lull, but that’s not happened.


According to Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition trade association, there’s been talk of a so-called “nuclear option,” in which the likes of Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo! would go simultaneously dark to protest the legislation to highlight the fundamental danger the legislation poses to the function of the internet.

January 5th, 2012
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December 20th, 2011
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Social Shares: Free online classes at Stanford, new technology, and internet issues

The ONA Issues Tumblr is your platform to define and explore the pressing issues in digital media and get a better fix on how they impact your work. Here are the top five posts from last week.

  • An infographic from COLORLINES asserts that how we access the internet is creating a new digital divide.
  • The New York Times explores a world with seven billion inhabitants in the crowdsourced photo slideshow, “Picturing 7 million.”
  • Stanford offers free online classes in computer science and entrepreneurship.
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December 20th, 2011
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December 15th, 2011
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What is SOPA and how does it affect you?

Right now the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being debated in a mark-up session in the House Judiciary Committee. (You can catch a livestream here.)

Elizabeth Flock of the Washington Post reports on how journalists are jumping into the debate:

"First came the critiques of civil liberties and human rights groups. Then came the slams from Internet engineers and Web giants, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Wednesday, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) piled on by sending Congress a letter to ask that it stop the bill. ASNE represents newspaper editors, editors of wire services and online-only news organizations, and other journalists.” 

Not sure what SOPA is all about or how it affects you? Here are some links to help guide you through the bill:

The Act itself, as currently written 

The Senate version (called PIPA) 

An alternative to SOPA by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

"The Latest from the SOPA Soap Opera" 

"Lines Drawn on Antipiracy Bills" 

"SOPA: Washington vs The Web"

With the bill in flux, we’ll be keeping an eye on any changes and the progress of the bill. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, reblog with your thoughts or send us ideas by submitting to the ONA issues blog.


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