Category Archives: Future of the Internet

Public Insight Network Acquires Spot.Us, Three Years In

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It has been a big week for the people at Spot.Us and the Public Insight Network. Marking its three-year anniversary as a crowd-funding platform to fund journalism projects, Spot.Us announced its merger with the Public Insight Network yesterday. The Public Insight Network (PIN), a platform that helps journalists and citizens reach beyond PR professionals and…

Can Computational Journalism Help Our JJIE.org Grow Even Faster?

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I will be on a Georgia Tech FutureMedia Fest panel entitled: Computational Journalism on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2011 . So you might be asking, what the heck is Computational Journalism. Here is Georgia Tech professor Irfan Essa‘s answer: Computational Journalism is defined as the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information…

Internet Access in U.S. Homes Increase, Yet Digital Divide Persists

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With nearly seven out of every 10 households now subscribing to broadband services more Americans are using high-speed internet than ever before, yet disparities still exist along socio-economic, demographic and geographic lines, according to a new Census data report by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Statistics Administration (ESA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration…

Transparency v. Anonymity: a Geekend Presentation

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This past weekend two of our digital communication team members travelled to Savannah, GA for the third annual Geekend Conference to give a presentation on the debate over online transparency an anonymity. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, argues for complete transparency (thus accountability) on the Internet. Christopher “Moot” Poole, founder of the image message board…

NewsTransparency Aims Spotlight Behind the Byline

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A new wiki-style website, NewsTransparency.com, aims to hold journalists accountable, reveal bias. It’s official. The news industry has become the newest target in the ongoing freedom of information and transparency battle. NewsTransparency.com, a site launched earlier this week by former managing editor of the New York Sun Ira Stoll, aims to shine a spotlight on the…

Young Adults Text Twice As Much, Often

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Some 73 percent of cellphone owners text message, with 31 percent preferring a text to an actual phone call, according to data released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Heavy text users, or those that send and receive more than 50 messages a day, preferred text to talk 55 percent of the time….

Being Prepared: A Look at Breaking News Coverage on the Web

A few recent cases of breaking news coverage serve as a strong example of how social media is redefining the media industry and how it’s imperative to adapt. Take a look at the recent coverage of the shooting in Tucson when Gabrielle Giffords was shot. The website of the Tucson Citizen, the publication that initially…

Capitalizing on Viral Content

The act of something going ‘viral’ on the web isn’t something new, but the act of capitalizing on that viral success can still prove to be elusive. When the Dispatch’s video of the man with the “golden voice” went viral a few weeks ago it marked a missed opportunity for the paper. The video was…

Anderson: Discouraging trends for the open, ad-supported web

Chris Anderson and Tim O’Reilly duke it out over Anderson’s article in Wired The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet Both the article and the debate are worth a read, because the people’s open content revolution might be coming to an end as the big powerhouses again consolidate content behind closed paid walls, facilitated by…