……Kremlin efforts to purge Russia’s Internet of ‘western’ influences are just a few of the goodies in this week’s Digital Media Mash Up.
Global Censorship Update, featuring Pakistani Court Says Website Blocking Violates Constitution
When CPJ covered the Pakistani government’s attempt to build a massive censorship system for the country’s Internet in February, we noted a key problem with such huge blocking systems: they are, at heart, democratically unaccountable.
The US government and human rights groups have expressed alarm over growing restrictions around the internet in Vietnam – most recently demonstrated by the Vietnamese authorities’ decision to charge three bloggers for conducting “propaganda against the state.”
Unlike other media, the internet in Russia, has developed largely untouched by the arm of the state. The protests have prompted many to wonder: is that about to change?
Digital Media News covers the 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech
The tech world is fast-moving, highly competitive and male-dominated. But not completely male-dominated. Some of the most prestigious and best-remunerated roles are held by females. Carolyn Leighton, founder and chairwoman of Women in Technology International, identifies the 10 most powerful women in tech.
How Reuters Journalists Use Social Media Journalists riding today’s raging river of social media information must be good navigators–or risk becoming waterlogged. Reuters journalists Anthony De Rosa and Lauren Young gave their own set of best practices for navigating the stream in a recent webinar. They shared tips for using social media as reporting tools, conversation starters, audience builders and more. (IJNET, 4/17)
Every news organization needs a social media strategy. Even China’s government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now “tweets” news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo — through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. (Foreign Policy, 4/17)
CIMA’s Fifth Anniversary and Launch of Second Edition of Empowering Independent Media Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:00-7:00 p.m. (Panel discussion 4:00-5:30 p.m., reception to follow) Host: Center for International Media Assistance About: U.S. efforts to bolster independent media and an open Internet overseas are having significant impact, but face a lack of funding, growth in online censorship and surveillance, and rising attacks on journalists, according to CIMA’s new report. The forthcoming 150-page report, Empowering Independent Media, provides a comprehensive survey of U.S. initiatives by public and private donors, nonprofit organizations, universities, and others that focus on media as a means to encourage democratization and economic development. Featuring: David E. Kaplan, Editor, Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World; Thomas O. Melia, U.S. Department of State; David W. Yang, U.S. Agency for International Development; Barbara Haig, National Endowment for Democracy; Marius Dragomir, Open Society Foundations; David Sasaki, Omidyar Network; Moderator: Marguerite Sullivan, Center for International Media Assistance Location: 1025 F Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 RSVP: http://empoweringindependentmedia.eventbrite.com/
Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00-1:00 p.m. Host: Wilson Center About: The recent rise of public activity in Russia was facilitated by a quick growth of the number of users of Internet that has changed the configuration of the public sphere. How it affects the offer at the market of political ideas? What are the perspectives of political dialog? Is it possible to talk about the new quality of the practices of public communication? Featuring: Olga Malinova, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004 RSVP: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/angry-townspeople-the-internet-and-the-market-ideas-vectors-change-the-russian-public-sphere
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