September 10th, 2014
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Today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, Upworthy, Vimeo, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. While the internet isn’t really slowing down, the websites are mimicking what would happen if it did, by placing spinning pinwheel loading images on their sites to raise awareness about the fight for net neutrality.
NPR provides a quick review of the issue: 

What is net neutrality all about?
The principle generally means that content isn’t prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider. Supporters of net neutrality protections say that without the rules, Internet service providers like Comcast and Time Warner will have economic incentives to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for “faster lanes” to get to you, the consumer. And that Netflix will have to pay up, because regulations are needed to say, “Comcast, you can’t do that.”
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What can I do if I want to weigh in?
Already, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency’s history. The vast majority of the comments supported stricter enforcement of net neutrality.
You can still comment. Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.


Read more: Your Favorite Sites Will ‘Slow Down’ Today, For A Cause : All Tech Considered : NPR

Today, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Meetup, reddit, Upworthy, Vimeo, WordPress and a number of other websites are participating in Internet Slowdown Day. While the internet isn’t really slowing down, the websites are mimicking what would happen if it did, by placing spinning pinwheel loading images on their sites to raise awareness about the fight for net neutrality.

NPR provides a quick review of the issue: 

What is net neutrality all about?

The principle generally means that content isn’t prioritized above others, so that a user can go where he wants and do what he wants on the Internet without the interference of his broadband provider. Supporters of net neutrality protections say that without the rules, Internet service providers like Comcast and Time Warner will have economic incentives to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for “faster lanes” to get to you, the consumer. And that Netflix will have to pay up, because regulations are needed to say, “Comcast, you can’t do that.”

What can I do if I want to weigh in?

Already, more than one million comments were sent into the FCC about this issue, the most of any rule-making measure in the agency’s history. The vast majority of the comments supported stricter enforcement of net neutrality.

You can still comment. Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the process by submitting comments to the commission.

Read more: Your Favorite Sites Will ‘Slow Down’ Today, For A Cause : All Tech Considered : NPR

August 13th, 2014
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WIRED’s James Bamford spent three days with Edward Snowden, the most time any journalist has spent with Snowden since he arrived in Russia in June 2013.

Read Bamford’s full account of his time with the whistleblower in The Most Wanted Man in the World | WIRED

August 12th, 2014
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Try to imagine a culture where no one has ever ‘looked up’ anything…

…In a primary oral culture, the expression ‘to look up something’ is an empty phrase: it would have no conceivable meaning. Without writing, words as such have no visual presence, even when the objects they represent are visual. There are sounds. You might ‘call’ them back – ‘recall’ them. But there is nowhere to ‘look’ for them. They have no focus and no trace.

Walter J. Ong, “Try to Imagine,” as quoted by James Gleik in The Information.

Today’s ponderable when (almost) everything is a quick search away.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Reblogged from The FJP
August 12th, 2014
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A diverse staff should have a mix of racial backgrounds, sexual identities, and different genders. The team should come from different geographic locations and should have different economic, religious, and political backgrounds.

Melissa Bell, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager/Executive Editor, Vox

Read more: 13 Top Editors On How They Think About Diversity In Their Newsrooms

August 12th, 2014
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Jezebel’s problem speaks to a larger failure in the concept of moderation: In order for a horrific comment to be removed from public view, a staffer has to see it first. Just deleting a vile comment or an abusive account from the internet—which is how Twitter, for example, currently deals with its worst users—doesn’t magically erase its effect on its target.
August 11th, 2014
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What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing.
Bono (via fastcompany)

(Source: cyberjournalist)

Reblogged from Fast Company
August 11th, 2014
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npr:

futurejournalismproject:

Universal Converter Box

Via xkcd.

Seems like a good investment.

– Alexander

Reblogged from NPR
August 6th, 2014
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fastcodesign:

App Turns NYC Subway Maps Into Interactive Data Visualizations

If you’re a New Yorker who likes to nerd out about maps, urbanism, and data visualization, a new app called Tunnel Vision will be like poetry to your eyes. But even if you’re not into any of those things, it might make dismal waits on subway platforms a little more fun.

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Reblogged from Fast Company
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