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Posts from ‘May, 2006’

Online Activism Deconstructed

Jon Garfunkel: Constructive Activism. From my safe seat in the cradle of liberty, Boston USA, I’m not near any of the physical protests, but I do have a keen eye about what’s happened online. And in my capacity as an occasional journalactivist, I’ve pitched a hand as well. Now I’d like to share what I’ve […]

Yahoo's Continuing Deliberate Blindness

Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Defends China Cooperation. Yahoo’s Terry Semel faced tough questions from Walt Mossberg — and the audience — over the search company’s decision to comply with requests for user data from the Chinese government, which has used the information to pursue dissidents. I’m one of the audience members who asked Semel a […]

Wireless Reality

I’m at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, where Bill Gates was talking last evening about the future of mobile phones that handle many other functions including video, writing, etc. He referred to these gadgets as — I’m not joking — “Reality Acquisition Devices” that will, if I understood him correctly, be […]

Distributed Advocacy in a Digital Age

I’m at the NetSquared conference (being held at Cisco in San Jose), getting ready to join Ethan Zuckerman, Hong Eun Taek and Michael Rogers on a panel called From a Voice in the Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds. I’d like to see nonprofits and interest groups use conversational technologies to do a better job […]

NetSquared this Week

I’m back in California for tomorrow’s opening day of the NetSquared conference. The subtitle of the gathering is “remixing the web for social change,” and we’re trying to do our part here.

BBC Head 'Confident' but Worried

Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, is the keynote speaker at the International Press Institute’s 2006 World Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. He raises three key questions: First, is public service journalism, broadcasting in particular, under threat? Yes, he says, citing BBC’s commitment to impartial and independent journalism. Second, should we care? Yes, again, he […]

Stock Option Scandal: Make Shareholders Citizen Journalists

The Wall Street Journal has been leading the way in uncovering yet another corporate scandal: stock-option cheating in which corporate CEOs have apparently been rigging the dates of options grants to give themselves what amounts to free money. Imagine that you could enter a lottery the day after the winning numbers were announced, and you […]

BlogHer Conference: Recommended

I was out of the country last year but plan to be at this year’s BlogHer Conference in San Francisco at the end of July. Great work is appearing on the site, meanwhile. Check it out.

Apple Loses a Round on Secrecy Versus Journalism

San Jose Mercury News: Apple loses appeals court battle over leaked information. Applying strong First Amendment protections to bloggers and Web site operators, a San Jose-based appeals court today rejected Apple Computer’s bid for the identities of individuals who leaked confidential information on one of its new products. In a 69-page ruling, the 6th District […]

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