Towards a new civic ecology by @henryjenkins

"The contemporary communications system is at once struggling with the threat that many major news outlets which have been the backbone of civic information over the past century are crumbling in the face of competition from new media. We may not be able to count on the traditional newspaper, news magazine or network newscast to... Continue Reading →

What’s the point of journalism school?

"If there's one thing a journalism school expects of its students, it is the ability to pose a tough question. "Orion de Nevers, a freshman at the University of Southern California, serves up this one: Why would anyone major in journalism at all?" Excerpt from NPR My comment: Journalism is (finally) being decoupled from newspapers... Continue Reading →

The revolt of China’s Twittering class via @ethanz

"Twitter has become a powerful tool for Chinese citizens as they increasingly play a role in reporting local news in their communities. But the social revolution brought by microblogging might be even more important than the communication revolution. Indeed, here Chinese Twitter users lead the world, using it for everything from social resistance, civic investigation,... Continue Reading →

With Twitter blocked, Chinese micro-blogging thrives

"China’s 420-million web users have seized on micro-blogging as a new avenue for mass expression in a tightly-controlled information landscape.... "Last year ... China’s censors added Twitter to their list of blocked foreign services amid government accusations that social media were used to fan deadly ethnic unrest in northwestern China in July 2009. "But several... Continue Reading →

The movement for open government software

"Code for America was founded to help the brightest minds of the Web 2.0 generation transform city governments. Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated technology. What if, instead of cutting services or raising taxes, cities could leverage the power of the web to become more efficient, transparent, and... Continue Reading →

The benefits of publicness

"Publicness builds trust. Secrecy doesn’t. "Publicness kills the myth of perfection. That is, when we open our process, we are showing our faults and are no longer held at every moment to the myth of perfection that has come to rule our industrial-age processes. "Publicness enables the wisdom of the crowd. If we all keep... Continue Reading →

Advancing the Web to empower people

From the Web in Society program at the World Wide Web Foundation. "Creation of locally-relevant content on the Web is impeded in many places by the lack of knowledge and technology. Life-critical information and services are in limited supply, especially for those who need help the most. "The Web in Society Program is the Web... Continue Reading →

Creating a network Like Facebook, only private

Diaspora will be released to developers September 15. "The terms of the bargain people make with social networks — you swap personal information for convenient access to their sites — have been shifting, with the companies that operate the networks collecting ever more information about their users. That information can be sold to marketers. Some... Continue Reading →

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