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.
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.
"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.”
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...
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.
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.
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The world’s most powerful Internet and media barons gathered in Paris today in a show of strength to leaders at the G8 summit, amid rows over online copyright, regulation and human rights.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy kicked off the gathering in Paris, hailing the assembled players as the leaders of the “Internet revolution”, but warning that with their power comes great responsibility. He hailed the role of the Internet in helping protestors organise recent Arab uprisings such as the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, but insisted it must be underpinned by “values” and “rules.”
“The people of the Arab countries have shown the world that the Internet does not belong to states,” Mr Sarkozy said. “The Internet has become the measure of credibility of democracies and the measure of shame of dictatorships.”
Top executives from online giants including Google, Facebook and Microsoft attended the gathering to tout the economic potential of the Internet, which Mr Sarkozy has put on the agenda of the G8 summit he is hosting two days later. With blogs and Tweets oiling the wheels of revolutions in some countries and scans and downloads sparking trade disputes in others, the stakes are high for leaders seeking to promote and profit from the web but also to regulate it.
Both Al Jazeera and CBS News have launched broadcasts that use social media to drive the programming—but that’s about all they have in common.
CBS News introduced What’s Trending to harness social media as a running commentary on current web trends. In contrast, Al Jazeera English’s The Stream uses social media to disseminate international news.
At first glance, the two broadcasts appear copycats—they both feature glamorous young hosts and 1980s-style couches. But the programs offer markedly different content. To help viewers distinguish between the two, IJNet has created the following guide.
In an era of explosive global stories and shrinking news budgets, Al Jazeera is the latest broadcaster with plans to create training for citizen journalists.
The tutorials will enable citizens to report on events, especially in areas that are not covered by mainstream media. The network is creating tutorials for citizen journalists focusing on multimedia including Flip cameras and other devices. No dates were announced for the program launch.
"People are at the heart of it," said a member of the network's social media team, Esra Dogramaci, during the BBC Social Media Forum. "It is up to us to give them a microphone and amplify their voices. In Syria, for example, we have no correspondents on the ground. We are relying entirely on people to send the content to us to send out."
Salon"The Influencing Machine": How the media worksSalonEvery week, the Peabody Award-winning public radio program "On the Media" takes an essential but maddeningly immaterial subject -- how journalism, entertainment, advertising and other...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
Over the past 10 years, any KPFA manager who attempted anything that did not meet the approval of a small core group of staff members – the foxes in the henhouse – met with so much hostility and non-cooperation that the job became nearly impossible...
A tribe of people in the Amazon live their lives by events rather than time and have no word for 'week' or 'year'. "For the Amondawa, time does not exist in the same way as it does for us," he says. "We can now say without doubt that there is at least one language and culture which does not have a concept of time as something that can be measured, counted or talked about in the abstract. This doesn't mean that the Amondawa are 'people outside time', but they live in a world of events, rather than seeing events as being embedded in time."
After three years, Google announced today that it would shutter its ongoing quest to scan and archive printed newspapers. Google's News Archive, which has scanned nearly a million pages from 2,000 newspapers into an easily browsable database since 2008, was among the most ambitious attempts to record and archive newspapers in their printed form. While Journalism.net keeps a running list of digital newspaper troves around the world, the News Archive was the first major attempt to centralize digital scans of old broadsheets in a single, searchable archive.
No one is totally sure why Google chose to shut down the project.