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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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Iran vows to unplug Internet

Iran vows to unplug Internet
May 28th, 2011 - 11:05 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world.

* Read the story from the Wall Street Journal
http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23257:iran-vows-to-unplug-internet-&catid=4:iran-general&Itemid=26
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Huffington Post launches Canadian version

Huffington Post launches Canadian version | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
The Huffington Post website has launched its first international incarnation with HuffPost Canada. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/
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Ontario College of Teachers Issues Advisory on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media

The advisory offers advice to teachers on how best to use electronic communication and social media with students. It encourages the use of social media as a teaching tool but cautions teachers to be careful when using sites like Facebook.

"In the current education milieu, e-communication and social media do and will continue to offer engaging and exciting teaching and learning experiences for students and teachers. Their use should be encouraged," says the Registrar. "We want to alert members to its potential risks and provide guidance for its responsible, professional use."

The teaching profession's ethical standards and standards of practice provide the foundation for the College's advice.

"Our advice to teachers is to keep ethical standards - care, trust, respect and integrity - in line of sight," says College Chair Liz Papadopoulos, OCT. "As teachers and educators, we model professionalism and responsibility for our students in both the real world and the virtual world."

It's the College's role as a professional regulator to provide advice to its members from time to time on emerging issues or in response to member questions on aspects of teaching that will continue to advance the profession and the public's confidence in it.

Backgrounder,
http://www.oct.ca/media/news_releases/20110411background.aspx?lang=en-CA
Advisory on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media,
http://www.oct.ca/publications/PDF/Prof_Adv_Soc_Media_EN.pdf
Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iMLjqIptBc

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Twitter will notify users accused of gagging order breaches | Media | guardian.co.uk

Twitter will notify users accused of gagging order breaches | Media | guardian.co.uk | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Twitter will notify its users before handing their personal information to UK authorities seeking to prosecute them over alleged breaches of privacy injunctions, a senior executive at the company said on Thursday.

Asked about the escalating dispute over gagging orders in Britain, Twitter's general manager of European operations, Tony Wang, said: "Platforms should have responsibility not to defend the user, but to protect that user's right to defend him or herself."

Twitter was thrown into the centre of the storm over privacy injunctions on Friday when it emerged a footballer launched legal action against the social network in connection with an alleged affair with the former Big Brother contestant, Imogen Thomas.

This prompted the player to be named by even more Twitter users and on Monday Lib Dem MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege to name Manchester United's Ryan Giggs as the footballer behind the high-profile privacy injunction. The injunction remains in place.

Speaking at the eG8 internet forum in Paris on Wednesday, Wang said he could not comment specifically on the ongoing UK legal action.
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The Musalman-Preservation of a Dream - the last handwritten newspaper in the world.

The 'Musalman' is probably the last handwritten newspaper in the world. It has been published and read every day in South India's Chennai since 1927 in almos...
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Montreal Gazette website to be metered for non-subscribers to the print edition

The websites of the Montreal Gazette and Victoria Times Colonist newspapers will no longer be free to all visitors as parent company Postmedia is testing a new subscription-based model.

Viewers of the papers' online editions who don't have a subscription will have limited access as the websites become metered. Similar policies have already been adopted by many major newspapers around the world such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Starting today, the Gazette and Times Colonist say non-subscribers will have access to up 20 articles every 30 days but local breaking news, blogs and related sites are exempt from metering.

Those who are already print subscribers to the Gazette will have unlimited access to the digital edition for free but those who don't already receive the print edition will have to pay $6.95 per month.
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Why employees should think before they tweet under current Canadian law

Why employees should think before they tweet under current Canadian law | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Many employees, experts say, seem unaware that, under current Canadian law, their employers hold most of the cards: Employees can be fired or disciplined for venting workplace frustrations or lambasting their bosses while online, even if they are doing it for their own Facebook friends and Twitter followers, on their own computers, and after hours.
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Bell says Sun News signal has no mkt value due to net streaming

Bell says Sun News signal has no mkt value due to net streaming | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Bell and Quebecor, two giants in the Canadian broadcasting and telecom landscape, became embroiled in a dispute over Sun News Network, the recently launched all-news network. At first glance, the dispute appeared to be little more than a typical commercial fight over how much Bell should pay to Quebecor to carry the Sun News Network on its satellite television package. When the parties were unable to reach agreement, Bell removed Sun News Network, leaving a placeholder message indicating "the channel has been taken down at the request of the owners of Sun News Network."

While the dispute is now before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - Quebecor claims Bell is violating the legal requirement against "undue preferences"- more interesting is Bell’s claim about the value of Sun News Network signal.

According to Mirko Bibic, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Bell Canada, the market value of Sun News Network is zero because Quebecor makes the signal available free over-the-air in Toronto and is currently streaming it free on the Internet. Given the free access, Bell maintains that the signal no longer has a market value. more http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5813/135/
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MediaShift . Why Every Student Should Learn Journalism Skills | PBS

MediaShift . Why Every Student Should Learn Journalism Skills | PBS | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
How do we make schools more relevant to students? Teach them the skills they need in the real world, with tools they use every day. That's exactly what Esther Wojcicki, a teacher of English and journalism at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, Calif., is attempting to do with the recent launch of the website 21STcenturylit. I interviewed Esther about the site, and how she hopes it will serve as a useful tool for both students and educators.
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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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Why do I sometimes think my cell phone is ringing, when it’s not? » Scienceline

Why do I sometimes think my cell phone is ringing, when it’s not? » Scienceline | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Ah, the cell phone. That magical device that can text, tweet, check email, make appointments, keep our calendar organized, order food, calculate the tip, keep us on the right road … oh right, and make phone calls. But there could be a dark side to our favorite little machines — they could be making us hallucinate.
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An Action Plan for a Connected Canada | OpenMedia.ca

An Action Plan for a Connected Canada | OpenMedia.ca | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
As this report demonstrates, ensuring Canada has an open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness. The goal of digital policy should be to bring fast, affordable and ubiquitous Internet service to all Canadians. Openness should be the guiding principle and cornerstone of all digital policy.

Digital policy must also balance the needs of large urban cities, smaller cities, rural towns, and remote communities. Canadian-made digital policy should recognize regional diversity and employ a variety of tactics to bring affordable Internet to all Canadians. To have a future-oriented Internet, Canada must address both the need to develop the core terrestrial network and complement that network with spectrum management that enables new opportunities for wireless access.
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Mark Zuckerberg Says He's Only Eating Meat He Kills

Mark Zuckerberg Says He's Only Eating Meat He Kills | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
"He cut the throat of the goat with a knife,'' a chef and adviser says of the billionaire founder of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has certainly been called cutthroat before, but nobody meant it literally. Yet Mr. Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has told Fortune that he is only eating meat he kills himself. This news apparently came to light when he told his Facebook friends on May 4, “I just killed a pig and a goat.”
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Goodbye shorthand! – New Note-taking software revolutionises the way journalists work | Latest Press Releases | Journalism.co.uk

Goodbye shorthand! – New Note-taking software revolutionises the way journalists work | Latest Press Releases | Journalism.co.uk | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Comprehensive note taking is a crucial task for journalists. There is no better way of capturing information from interviews than by recording them. However, audio recordings are inaccessible & taking notes from them is time consuming - until now...
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No internet in 1/5 Canadian homes - Technology & Science - CBC News

No internet in 1/5 Canadian homes - Technology & Science - CBC News | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
About a fifth of Canadian households still had no internet access in 2010, including nearly half the households with annual incomes of $30,000 or less.
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Shorts filmmakers: submit your film to our online fest, chance to win $2,500 - Industry Centre - National Screen Institute - Canada's national training school for writers, directors and producers i...

Shorts filmmakers: submit your film to our online fest, chance to win $2,500 - Industry Centre - National Screen Institute - Canada's national training school for writers, directors and producers i... | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
The National Screen Institute @nsicanada wants your short films for its NSI Online Short Film Festival. Submit films for free by 4:30 p.m. CT, Friday, June 3, 2011. All films selected to play in the festival are eligible for the $2,500 A&E Short Filmmakers Award.

Your film must not be longer than 30 mins. (the shorter the better!) and must have been produced after January 2006. Drama, comedy, animation, short documentary, experimental and music video are all eligible and must be Canadian.
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WikiSecrets May 24, 2011 at 9:00pm -

WikiSecrets May 24, 2011 at  9:00pm - | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Coming May 24, 2011 at 9:00pm - It's the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history—the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the WikiLeaks website in the spring of 2010.
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Farm Radio Weekly » What is Farm Radio Weekly?

Farm Radio Weekly » What is Farm Radio Weekly? | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Farm Radio Weekly (FRW) is a news and information service published by Farm Radio International. FRW strives to provide rural radio organizations in sub-Saharan Africa with news and resources that help them meet the needs of small-scale farmers and farming families.

Each issue of FRW is a compilation of agricultural and rural development news, accompanied by other resources, such as ideas and links for further research into the issues, and information about upcoming events and training opportunities. FRW is delivered to e-mail inboxes every week and is always available on-line. The FRW web site is a place for broadcasters to share their thoughts and ideas about the news and the issues, tell others about events and training opportunities you have heard about, and discuss best practices in rural radio broadcasting.

Please join the Farm Radio Weekly community today! We look forward to working with you to make FRW more relevant to your radio organization.
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