Digital Media Mash Up: April 2012 Week 2

In this Issue

Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C. and Beyond

In the News:


Upcoming Events - In Washington, D.C. and Beyond

Journalist Security: On-Site and Online
Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Featuring: Panel 1: Physical Safety: Frank Smyth, Sebastian Junger, Ahmed Rashid, and Stuart Karle, Moderated by Lara Logan, CBS News Correspondent; Panel 2: Digital Safety: Danny O'Brien, Chris Soghoian, Katrin Verclas and Matthew Cole, Moderated by Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Location: Joseph Pulitzer World Room, Third Floor
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
116th Street and Broadway, New York

In the News

Global Censorship Update

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Writer Gets 7 Years for Slandering Religious Minority on Twitter
Kuwaiti writer Mohammed Al-Mulaifi was sentenced to seven years of hard labor in prison yesterday for slander and defamation against the country's Shi'ite minority on his Twitter account. He said members of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority were loyal to foreign countries due to their alleged foreign origin. He was also fined US$18,000. (ArsTechnica, 4/13)

VIETNAM: Vietnamese Authorities Mandate Google, Facebook and Other Internet Companies to Assist in Online Censorship

The Government of Vietnam is updating its Internet management policies with grave implications for netizens and the foreign and domestic companies that provide Internet services to the country's 30 million online users. (Viet Tan, 4/11)

Digital Media News Affecting Journalists and Activists

David Carr on Curation, Crowdsourcing, and the Future of Journalism
Interview with David Carr, who has written about media for over 25 years, from his early days in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., to his current post at The New York Times, where he's been for almost a decade. (The Verge, 4/3)

AP Unveils New Online Video News Service
Associated Press yesterday unveiled a new online platform delivering archive footage and broadcast quality video news to digital publishers. (Press Gazette, 4/13)

ITALY: La Repubblica Opens Its Doors to Crowdsourcing Videojournalism
Italian daily la Repubblica has launched a new platform for users to submit videos. Reporter, as the project is called, is open to everyone, from citizen reporters to video-makers to semi-professional journalists, who can upload their content onto the website. Photos are accepted also but the platform is more focused on video. (WAN-IFRA, 4/12)

MALAWI: Social Media Activism Takes Root in Malawi
As Malawians celebrate Joyce Banda's appointment as president on sites, like Facebook and Twitter, the increased use of social media in Malawi comes full circle as her new government takes office. (IPS, 4/13)

Update on Digital Media Companies and Outlets

German Court Upholds Ban On Push Email In Apple's iCloud, MobileMe
A German regional court Friday backed a ban on push emails in Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, granting Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) a victory in a global patent war among several technology companies. (The Wall Street Journal, 4/13)

Tumblr's Challenge: Finding Money in Sparking Creativity
For a while there, David Karp, the founder and CEO of microblogging and sharing platform Tumblr was enamored with his start-up's exploding numbers: 20 billion blog posts, 50 million blogs and more than 120 million users. But after a crazy stretch of growth, including A 900 percent increase in visitors in 2011, what excites Karp is getting back to the heart of what he envisioned for the company: empowering creativity. (GigaOM, 4/13)

Where Do Tweets Come From?
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a map of all georeferenced tweets mentioning the #kony video. The patterns were interesting, but not entirely unexpected. A more interesting question though, would be to see what percentage of all tweets from each country reference #kony: in order to get a better sense of how focused people were on the event. (Zero Geography, 4/13)

Digital Media in the Middle East

EGYPT: 18DaysInEgypt: Crowdsourcing a Story of Revolution
In the 18 days of Egypt's uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011 and ended with the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak, thousands of Egyptians turned to their cell phones, digital cameras or social media sites to document the events as they were unfolding in Cairo and across the country. (PBS Media Shift, 4/13)

IRAN: Conflicting Reports on How "Clean" Iran's Internet Will Be
Roundup of reports on the state of the Internet in Iran. (Kim Andrew Elliot, 4/13)

IRAQ: Iraqi Bloggers Mobile Radio
Iraqi Bloggers Mobile Radio is the first project in Iraq to broadcast through social networking sites across the Internet to Iraqi bloggers, promoting the concept of citizen journalism from any place. (Iraqi Streets, 4/13)

Net Governance

Big Internet Companies Back CISPA
This week, media outlets reported that major software and technology companies have come public with their support of the CISPA proposal recently laid out on the Congressional table, which would increase the power of the US government to monitor online communications. Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and other Silicon Valley heavy hitters wrote to the Committee on Intelligence to commend them for developing the act. (Open Net Initiative, 4/13)

ACTA Investigator to Urge European Parliament to Reject Controversial Legislation
The European Parliament's lead investigator into the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) looks set to recommend that MEPs vote against adoptinh the treaty when it is put before the European Parliament (EP) in June. (, 4/12)

Around the Blogosphere

International Co-operation Gone Awry - What Happened to Indymedia
'Indymedia' (IMC) describes itself as 'a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues.' According to Indymedia, its content is widely read, with the transfer of over 3.2 terabytes of information a month, serving over 18 million page views a month. On October 7, 2004, over 20 websites administered by the Independent Media Center were taken off-line. (Privacy International, 4/13)

Slaves To New Media
Can't go on vacation (or even to a movie or ball game) without checking email or logging into social media? When was the last time you spent a solid uninterrupted hour just reading a dead-tree book or magazine? A growing number of folks log into social media when they watch TV (some say in an attempt to save shows looking like they might not be renewed). A University of Chicago study found that most people say Facebook, Twitter and email are harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol. (Online Media Daily, 4/13)

Re-Mixing and Story Telling: From the Classroom to the Field
Last week, as my colleagues focused on Digital Security Awareness week, I traveled over to the west coast to attend the 2012 International Studies Association conference. This trip was a part of my graduate studies at Georgetown University (where I am pursing a Masters in Communication, Culture, and Technology), and while I was there I was reminded of the important relationship that exists between creating and editing stories and international development projects. (NDI Tech, 4/10)


Digital Divides - The Potential of the Internet for Development
VIDEO: While it is important to not forget the revolutionary, and empowering promises and potentials of the Internet for the developing world, we also need to not forget two extremely important caveats. (Zero Geography, 4/13)

ON AIR: Cambridge Researchers visit FrontlineSMS:Radio trials in Zambia and Uganda
In 2012, the Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), as part of its project on 'New communications technologies and citizen-led governance in Africa' (2010-12), is piloting Africa's Voices, a collaborative platform aimed at enhancing debate, discussion and knowledge on contemporary issues of public interest in Africa. (FrontlineSMS, 4/13)

Hacks of Valor
Why Anonymous Is Not a Threat to National Security. (Foreign Affairs, 4/4)

Has High Tech Killed Pro Photography?
PODCAST: There seem to be cameras in everything nowadays: phones, ipads, computers, even young children's toys. And if you want to tidy it up or create some special effect, you can do that too with the software that's around, such as Instagram which has just been bought by Facebook for $1bn. So where does this all leave the professional photographer? (BBC, 4/13)

AZERBAIJAN: New Pressure to Free Jailed Facebook Activist in Azerbaijan
As one year passes since the arrest of a young Azerbaijani activist, new campaigns are sprouting up for his release. Bakhtiyar Hajiev was taken into custody in March 2011 and later sentenced to two years in prison for evading military service. (Net Prophet, 4/13)

SOUTH AFRICA: Twitter Helps Save South African Carjacking Victim
Man locked in his own car boot sends text message to girlfriend, who uses Twitter to spread word and track down vehicle. (The Guardian, 4/11)


Hispanics Love Social Media (And They're More Careful About Online Privacy) [STUDY]
A new study has suggested that while Hispanic users are more likely to be active on most of the major social networking sites than the greater population, they're also more careful about their online privacy. (MediaBistro, 4/13)

Key Trends Driving Digital Growth in Latin America
There is no surprise about the growth of digital media in Latin America, but... What does it mean? comScore has recently launched a number of key trends for the region pointing to their implications for the rest of the year. (Portada, 4/12)