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Five key questions – and answers – about how our social horizons may shrink ... - Washington Post (blog)

Five key questions – and answers – about how our social horizons may shrink ... - Washington Post (blog) | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Five key questions – and answers – about how our social horizons may shrink ... Washington Post (blog) Ethan Zuckerman is the director of MIT's Center for Civic Media.
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Digital technology: change the culture not just the products

Digital technology: change the culture not just the products | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
In the first of his new series, a Guardian Public Services award winner warns cuts could see a return of risk-averse approaches
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The Infectious Texts project,

 The Infectious Texts project, which seeks to develop theoretical models that will help scholars better understand what qualities—both textual and thematic—helped particular news stories, short fiction, and poetry “go viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. Prior to copyright legislation and enforcement, literary texts as well as other non-fiction prose texts circulated promiscuously among newspapers as editors freely reprinted materials borrowed from other venues. What texts were reprinted and why? How did ideas—literary, political, scientific, economic, religious—circulate in the public sphere and achieve critical force among audiences? By employing and developing computational linguistics tools to analyze the large textual databases of nineteenth-century newspapers newly available to scholars, this project will generate new knowledge of the nineteenth-century print public sphere.

Infectious Texts is sponsored by Northeastern University's NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Digital Humanities. The project team includes Professors Ryan Cordell, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, and David Smith, as well as Ph.D. students Abby Mullen and Matthew Williamson.

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Losing Aaron: Bob Swartz on MIT's Role in His Son's Death

Losing Aaron: Bob Swartz on MIT's Role in His Son's Death | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Bob Swartz talks about grief over his son Aaron Swartz's death and the role MIT played in Aaron's suicide.
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Democratic media activism through the lens of social movement theory

This article considers how we are to understand democratic media activism, which has recently burgeoned in Canada, the UK and the USA. What is its political significance and potential? Is it a new social movement, a new style of politics cutting across movements, or are new concepts needed? Drawing illustratively upon interviews with media activists, notably in Vancouver, we explore insights offered by social movement theory - including resource mobilization formulations and the new social movement theories of Melucci, Habermas, Cohen and Arato, and Fraser. While all these traditions offer valuable insights, media activism reveals limitations in existing conceptualizations.
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About the Bureau | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

About the Bureau | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
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Stuart Jeffery: Up to users to protect fragile digital memories

How many of your cherished memories, and even important work documents, exist only online?
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What to Expect From Surveillance Politics in 2014 (Hint: It's Not Reform) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

What to Expect From Surveillance Politics in 2014 (Hint: It's Not Reform) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
You would think that a federal district judge calling the NSA program “almost Orwellian” would be a good sign for surveillance and privacy in 2014.
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The Gift of Connectivity: Latino Foundations Rally To Close the Digital Divide ... - Latino Post

The Gift of Connectivity: Latino Foundations Rally To Close the Digital Divide ... - Latino Post | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
The Gift of Connectivity: Latino Foundations Rally To Close the Digital Divide ... Latino Post For some in the Latino community in California, all they want for Christmas is the ability to access the internet.
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Digital divide - people with disabilities directly affected | Access For All

The Economist released a worldwide study based on interviews with experts on the digital divide, and the findings included some brand new conclusions. Although.
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Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration - UN News Centre

Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration - UN News Centre | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
UN News Centre Human Rights Day: UN pays tribute to activists, landmark Vienna Declaration UN News Centre The Internet, social media and other innovations to improve real-time communications and information-sharing are “magnifying the voice of...
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Namibia Moves To Close Digital Divide - Bernama

Namibia Moves To Close Digital Divide Bernama WINDHOEK, Dec 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-NAMPA) -- Namibian Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob has launched the 'Citizen Connect' pilot project aimed at bridging the digital divide in Namibian society.
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Indigenous Continental Summits: The International Politics of Resistance

Indigenous Continental Summits: The International Politics of Resistance | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Indigeneity is not exactly where one looks for world politics. Yet it is probably one of the hip sites of global governance today. Indigenous peoples are engaging in international relations with a vibrancy that belies any perception of their politics as isolated or passive. The Fifth Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples of the Abya Yala, held November 10-15 in Cauca, Colombia, was only the latest expression of Indigenous diplomacy. The Indigenous expression Abya Yala (“Continent of Life” in the language of the Kuna people of Panama) refers to the Americas, and increasingly to a series of continental summits. The process started with two ad-hoc meetings, the 1980 Encounter of Southern Cone Indian Organizations in Ollantaytambo (Peru) and the 1990 Continental Conference on Five Hundred Years of Indigenous Resistance in Quito (Ecuador). In 2000, the First Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples took place in Mexico, followed by a Second Summit in Ecuador (2004), a Third in Guatemala (2007), and a Fourth in Peru (2009). The process stirred up other continental venues like the Summit of Indigenous Communication, which held its second summit October 7-13 in Oaxaca (Mexico).
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Narrowing the Digital Divide in the Navajo Nation - Native News Online

Narrowing the Digital Divide in the Navajo Nation - Native News Online | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Tweet Editor’s Note: The White House posted the following U.S. Department of Commerce blog on its blog this afternoon. The blog is written about progress being made on the Navajo Nation on its increase in broadband coverage.
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Our Marathon | About the Our Marathon Archive

Our Marathon | About the Our Marathon Archive | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
“Our Marathon” is a crowd-sourced archive of pictures, videos, stories, and even social media related to the Boston Marathon; the bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the...
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This is an intersting project coming out of Northeastern University with Professor david Lazar and his team at NULab

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The Year Hacktivists And The Government Went To War

The Year Hacktivists And The Government Went To War | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Does the law have mercy for computer hackers with a cause? That was a recurring question in 2013 as several so-called hacktivists, facing years in prison, pleaded for leniency, claiming they had broken into computer networks for the public good.
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Bangalore Waste-Pickers Establish Radio Show - The Epoch Times

Bangalore Waste-Pickers Establish Radio Show - The Epoch Times | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
A waste-picker community in Bangalore, India, has taken a step out of social alienation and voicelessness to produce a radio show.
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Covert Drone War | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Covert Drone War | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
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Ghana On Course to Bridge Digital Divide - AllAfrica.com

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Ghana On Course to Bridge Digital Divide AllAfrica.com Accra — THE Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) is confident of realizing its vision to bridge the digital divide this year.
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Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture (Big Thinkers Series)

University of Southern California media scholar Henry Jenkins describes how educators might fuel civic engagement by tapping the skills their students build ...

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Philippe Lejeune's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:39 PM

Life is about EXPRESSION. We are all in need of expression for our well being. ART is all about the desire for someone to express something that needs to be shared. The viewer (or listener) is the receptor, that will need/want to respond, creating a dialogue. Visual Art is not well prepared for this essential form of relationship. The viewer in my sense needs to become more the doer--the doer to become the viewer... participation from the public was denied for centuries, but is now possible with new tools for communication, like the internet. Can Visual art become more participatory is the question that we should ask today, and consider answering/working on. I do.

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Pierre Omidyar Invests $50 Million in First Look Media - Inc.com

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Inc.com Pierre Omidyar Invests $50 Million in First Look Media Inc.com As the media landscape continues to change, Omidyar's promise of offering journalists editorial freedom at First Look Media seems just the latest step in his lifelong pursuit of...
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Tomorrow's metric for news is action - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Tomorrow's metric for news is action - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard Tomorrow's metric for news is action Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard Ethan Zuckerman of MIT's Center for Civic Media outlined this notion in a talk he gave at the Nieman Foundation's 75th anniversary — arguing that...
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Kenya at 50: how social media has increased the pace of change - The Guardian

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The Guardian Kenya at 50: how social media has increased the pace of change The Guardian The nation took notice but didn't act or appear to be as moved as perhaps the activist may have envisioned.
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Closing Canada's tech gender gap, one line of code at a time - Financial Post

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Financial Post Closing Canada's tech gender gap, one line of code at a time Financial Post Wage inequality and political empowerment for women were particular sore points, with Canada ranking 35 and 41, respectively.
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Magazine | North American Congress on Latin America

Magazine | North American Congress on Latin America | (SPAN) Research List on Citizen Journalism and Media Activism | Scoop.it
About NACLA Report on the Americas: NACLA Report on the Americas is the oldest and most widely read progressive magazine covering Latin America and its relationship with the United States. Published since 1967, the award-winning NACLA Report is a quarterly magazine of news and analysis. Centered around our unique "Report" section, which examines a single topic in depth, the magazine offers comprehensive, analytic coverage of Latin America not found anywhere else in the English-language press. With our four decades of trusted analysis on hemispheric affairs, we have long brought our readers the overlooked, the under-reported, and the covered-up—and our status as an independent nonprofit organization ensures that we will continue to do so.
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