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Twitter, Facebook, and social activism

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925...

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Sponsor an entire community radio station on eBay - Radio Today

Sponsor an entire community radio station on eBay - Radio Today | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Sponsor an entire radio station on eBayRadio TodayThe “buy-it-now” price is £6600 and includes complete sponsorship of the community radio station for a six-month period. It's not the first time a radio station has used eBay to bring in cash.
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Pope Benedict XVI to launch new Vatican portal site

Pope Benedict XVI will be launching a new Vatican portal tomorrow (29 June), offering an exclusive, multimedia presentation of all the other communications websites of the Holy See.
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Twitter launches guide for journalists - Holy Kaw!

Twitter launches guide for journalists - Holy Kaw! | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Journalists, both citizen and professional, have employed Twitter as a valuable tool for collecting and sharing stories, and now the microblogging site has officially jumped in on the reporting action with a guide for reporters.

“Twitter for Newsrooms” offers tips and tricks on how to leverage 140 characters for reporting the news. The guide, which will likely appeal mostly to social media noobs, also discusses engagement, including advice on branding and tweeting effectively.
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Internet should remain as open as possible – UN expert on freedom of expression

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights... GENEVA (3 June 2011) – UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue warned Friday that fearful Governments are increasingly restricting the flow of information on the Internet due to its potential to mobilize people to challenge the status quo.

“In recent months, we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and better respect for human rights,” Mr. La Rue said while presenting his new report* on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the Internet to the UN Human Rights Council.

“However, the unique features of the Internet, which allow individuals to spread information instantly, to organize themselves, and to inform the world about situations of injustice and inequality, have also created fear among Governments and the powerful,” the expert said.

In his report, Mr. La Rue explores key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to exercise their right to freedom of expression, as guaranteed in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. [...] The Special Rapporteur also called upon Governments to develop a concrete and effective plan of action to make the Internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of the population.

Frank La Rue (Guatemala) was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in August 2008 by the United Nations Human Rights Council. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in his individual capacity.

(*) Check the full report: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/14session/A.HRC.14.23.pdf

Learn more about the mandate and work of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomOpinion/Pages/OpinionIndex.aspx

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm
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This Is The World’s Highest Resolution Picture Ever Taken!

This Is The World’s Highest Resolution Picture Ever Taken! | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
When digital photography is getting better and better there is no secret that almost everything has to do with how many pixels your digital camera can achieve... In an attempt to break new ground and always push the boundaries, Halta Definizione has created the world’s highest ever resolution in a picture. Or actually, the image consists of 1,677 different shots and is then stitched together to make a truly amazing, if not wondrous picture where depth gets a new meaning.

So what is this picture portraying? Well, it wouldn’t be right if it wasn’t Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper“. The depth of the image is just mind boggling. You can zoom down to the smallest grain of paint and still not lose the clarity or the crispness of the image itself. It’s really amazing to zoom and pan around in search of those infamous details that we all know of since the movie “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown.
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Sixty years of declining circulation suggests newspapers will perish, says report | Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Sixty years of declining circulation suggests newspapers will perish, says report | Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Sixty years of declining circulation suggests newspapers will perish, says report http://ow.ly/56lNp

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Newspapers will one day vanish from the earth, suggested a Canadian media consultant who studied 60 years of circulation numbers for paid newspapers in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, the Canadian Journalism Project (CJP) reports.

Ken Goldstein, a communications consultant based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, produced a report (available in PDF form on the CJP website) that shows daily newspapers' paid circulation as a percentage of households in all three countries has steadily declined since 1950. For national dailies in Great Britain, the fall has been from nearly 150% of households to 40%; from 100% to 30% or paid dailies in Canada; and in the United States, from just over 120% in 1950 to nearly 40% in 2010.

“Ultimately, someday, the print product will be gone. And its replacement will not necessarily be the same number of local newspapers simply re-purposed into electronic formats," said Goldstein. He added that "a few major national or international newspaper ‘brands’ will survive in electronic form, and that local news will come to be delivered by, and attached to, a variety of other online services.”

Report PDF http://ow.ly/56lOE
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Test your IPv6 connectivity.

Test your IPv6 connectivity. | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Make sure you're ready for World IPv6 Day. Check your computer's health for IPv4 and IPv6.

Why is World IPv6 Day necessary?

The address space used by the current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, is expected to run out in 2011. Without action, we risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. The only long-term solution to this problem is adoption of IPv6, which provides over 4 billion times more space. IPv6 is used extensively in many large networks, but it has never been enabled at a global scale. World IPv6 Day will help industry players work together to support the new protocol on an accelerated timeline. With major web companies committing to enable IPv6 on their main websites, there are strong incentives for other industry players to ensure their systems are prepared for the transition.

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http://server8.test-ipv6.com/ipv6day.html
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The Online Books Page presents Banned Books Online

Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page. (See that page for more than a million more online books!)
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Africa Without Maps - Ghana going online: The true gods of fraud

Africa Without Maps - Ghana going online: The true gods of fraud | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Internet cafes are popular hangouts for internet scammers in Ghana. Photo by Robin Pierro. - [excerpt] If you’ve ever received an email request for your bank information from someone who claims to have inherited a $20 million estate and wants to share it with you, it’s likely that email originated from West Africa.

Sakawa, the business of online fraud, is one of Ghana’s most profitable and popular underground industries. People use email scams, dating websites and hacking software to tap into bank accounts. Ghana’s government has been battling to stop the scammers for years, but to little avail: the country is currently listed as the world’s tenth worst country for online fraud.

And there’s a spiritual element of Sakawa that people don’t often hear about. Many of these gods of fraud actually consult their own gods who have adapted to the information age—traditional juju (voodoo) priests—before embarking on a scam
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Media's role in world peace - MercatorNet

Media's role in world peace - MercatorNet | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Media's role in world peaceMercatorNetIt's not that a pope encouraging the communications media to be responsible is exactly headline news…. But it's the text beneath the headline and the story behind the news release that are worth pursuing.
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Tulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards Luncheon - Tulsa World

Tulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards Luncheon - Tulsa World | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Tulsa-area women in communications honored at Newsmakers Awards LuncheonTulsa WorldProceeds from the luncheon will also be used to help the Tulsa AWC Professional Chapter's Partners in Education Program with Webster High School in its broadcast...
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Twitter reveals secrets: Details of British users handed over in landmark libel case

Twitter reveals secrets: Details of British users handed over in landmark libel case | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
For the first time, the American social networking site has bowed to a court action brought by a British group complaining that they were libelled in messages.

The individuals who brought the legal action were councillors and officials at a local authority, South Tyneside.

They launched the case in an attempt to unmask an anonymous whistle-blower who calls himself Mr Monkey.

The action is believed to have cost council tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The unprecedented ruling has prompted a row over freedom of speech, with experts warning that it may lead to a flood of actions by lawyers in other cases seeking to obtain personal information about people who breach super-injunctions or post libellous messages on Twitter.
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Costa Rica: Slut Walk Reactions, Religion and Women's Rights

Costa Rica: Slut Walk Reactions, Religion and Women's Rights | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Last Sunday 14 August, 2011, the Costa Rican Slut Walk took place in the capital city of San Jose causing both a media and religious backlash due to allegedly violent anti-church chants and performances.

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The Communication University of China (CUC)

The Communication University of China (CUC) | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
As a result, an inter-relating and inter-influencing discipline system is formed which covers journalism and communication, radio, film & television arts, information science and technology, literature, engineering, management, law, ...
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Hip-hop, texting may help save world's #indigenous languages

In southern Chile, young speakers of Huilliche, a language that's in peril of extinction, produce hip-hop videos and post them on the Internet.

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Across the globe in the Philippines, teenagers think it's "cool" to send mobile phone text messages in regional languages that show signs of endangerment, such as Kapampangan.

Technology, long considered a threat to regional languages, now is being seen as a way to keep young people from forsaking their native tongues for dominant languages. YouTube and Facebook, as well as Internet radio and cell phone texting, are helping minority language groups stave off death.

Linguist Samuel Herrera said he was elated to find teenagers zapping each other with text messages in Huave, an endangered language spoken only by about 15,000 people in the Tehuantepec region of Mexico, along the Pacific.

"This really strengthens the use of the language," said Herrera, who runs the linguistics laboratory at the Institute of Anthropological Research in the Mexican capital.

Dr. Gregory D.S. Anderson, the director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Salem, Ore., agrees. Somewhere between the ages of 6 and 20 or 25, he said, "people make a definitive decision whether to break with the language."

"If the language isn't being used by their peer group, then they reject it categorically," he said.

Technology as simple as text messaging can draw them back.

"That's exactly the hook for young people. They live in text, and they are the key stakeholders and the ones who may or may not pass it down to their own children," Anderson said.

The "cool" factor is helping to resuscitate Chulym, a nearly moribund Turkic language that's spoken by a dozen or so people in a pocket of remote Central Siberia, said Anderson, who's working to revive the language.

By offering teenagers in the community access to technology, "we have seen a significant increase in the desire among young people to try to learn the language from old people," Anderson said.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/28/2288764/hip-hop-texting-may-help-save.html#ixzz1QavoKlhn
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Broadcast & Podcast Gadgets 2011-2012

Broadcast & Podcast Gadgets 2011-2012 | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
So what's the best equipment for storytelling, especially if you're in broadcasting? These are the reports on my safaris. Interested in your road-trip experiences too.

My Mantra is "Empowering Digital Storytellers". I have a life-long passion for making great content and building audiences. I explore relevant technologies which I believe will have a fundamental impact on communication industries. I lead a private knowledge network specializing in building cross-media strategies for companies who are serious about building authentic conversations in society. I consult to large media companies, but also coach start-ups on how to get their idea into the right context. I work with non-broadcast companies including government departments and NGO's with an integrated media strategy that includes social platforms. So what do others say I do well? - Strategic Thinking - Flushing out old ideas and replacing them with practical alternatives. - Translating theory into practice - Inspiring creative people down new paths, even if difficult choices have to be made. - Researching, especially competitive analysis. All enquiries are treated as confidential.
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First day of hurricane season means new Hurricane apps

First day of hurricane season means new Hurricane apps | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
The Unofficial Apple Weblog... Today is the first day of hurricane season in the Atlantic, and Kitty Code has pushed updates to its popular Hurricane and Hurricane HD apps.

Hurricane for iPhone allows users to track hurricanes in real time. Not only can you track speed, direction, pressure, and your distance from a current storm, you can also browse historical hurricane data all the way back to 1851. Additionally, text bulletins give you all the latest warnings about storms in your area. Hurricane costs US$3.99.

Hurricane HD is the iPad version of the Hurricane app. It's just been updated to version 2.0 and sports a major UI change with added features including the ability to plot multiple storms (past and present) on interactive tracking maps, track hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones world wide, and offers push notifications for newly formed storms. Hurricane HD 2.0 is US$3.99.
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Fox News Ticker Gets Hacked in New York | Video

Most news station headquarters in New York have building-spanning tickers blasting the breaking news of the day to the street. And recently, some resourceful soul decided to bring the real "fair and balanced" reporting to said ticker, hacking into the mainframe and broadcasting the truth. Some other people with a video camera took the train up to Rockefeller Center to capture the magic, which in all-caps displays such items as "Our country is not broke" and "We are being lied to." Check out the video:
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The Pentagon: Cyber Combat against US? An Act of War

The Pentagon: Cyber Combat against US? An Act of War | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military.

In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said a military officia
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If You Dont Believe Watch This- Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011

If You Dont Believe Watch This- Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011 | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Demand the truth!... If You Dont Believe Watch This- Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011
From: ExtraterrestrialMind | Apr 20, 2011 | 172,736 views
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Egypt’s Mubarak fined for communications cut

An Egyptian administrative court fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two former officials 540 million Egyptian pounds ($91 million) today for cutting off mobile and internet services during protests in January.
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Journalism Institute for Media Diversity celebrates 25 yearsat WSU - Arab American News

Journalism Institute for Media Diversity celebrates 25 yearsat WSUArab American NewsThe 25th anniversary celebration was a wonderful event with almost every major news anchor in town (attending)," said WSU Director of Journalism Ben Burns.
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MediaShift . Despite Blocked Sites, Digital Media to Play Major Role in Opening China | PBS

MediaShift . Despite Blocked Sites, Digital Media to Play Major Role in Opening China | PBS | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
[excerpt] The Chinese masses never experience major Western websites, thanks to China's Great Firewall (along with linguistic and economic barriers). So the Chinese pass their online lives in a parallel universe in which troublesome terms such as "June 4" (anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests) or "Falun Gong" (the banned movement) are filtered out.

But the Chinese government also recognizes the need for an educated elite to fill the ranks of officials and businesspeople, and for some time, it has tacitly allowed universities to use a different network infrastructure, which does not allow automatic circumvention.

But this May, many universities found that their entire "international Internet" had crashed.
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