Open Video Conference in New York March 11, 2009Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Journalism, News, Web Video, YouTube.
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Here’s a disruptive event. The Open Video Conference will showcase awesome cultural works, inspiring talks, and cool tech demos. With the Web moving to video, this conference is going to be exciting! Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video.
As Web video matures, we face a crossroads: will technology and public policy support a more participatory culture—one that encourages and enables free expression and broader cultural engagement? Or will online video become a glorified TV-on-demand service, a central part of a permissions-based culture?
The conference has opened the Call for Papers with some additional background. You are invited to submit a proposal no later than March 19th.
There’s more to Open Video than open codecs, though that’s what most of us think when we think open source. Open Video is the growing movement driven by a broad-based movement of video creators, technologists, academics, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, activists and remixers.
Its goal is transparency, interoperability, and further decentralization in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground for independent producers, bottom-up innovation, and greater protection for free speech online.
Although YouTube and other online video applications are rightly celebrated for empowering end-users, online video lacks some of the essential qualities that make text and images on the Web such powerful tools for free speech and technical innovation.
Email, blogs, and other staples of the open Web rely on ubiquitous and interoperable technologies that have low barriers to entry. They are massively decentralized and resistant to censorship or regulation. Video, meanwhile, relies on centralized distribution and proprietary technologies which can threaten cultural discourse and innovation.
Open Video is about the legal and social norms surrounding online video. It’s the ability to attach the license of your choice to videos you publish. It’s about media consolidation, aggregation, and decentralization. It’s about fair use.
Brings together stakeholders in the online video space (video makers, coders, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc.) for cross-pollination and development of the Open Video movement. Raises public profile of video creators and artists those whose work relies on or contributes to Open Video. Raises awareness around the Principles of an Open Video Ecosystem, a community effort to define best practices in online video.
Two day event at NYU Law School with live webcast. Main agenda to feature high-profile speakers in legal and cultural dimensions of online video. Secondary programming to include workshops on DIY video creation, publication, open source developer workshops, tech demos, and technical community building. Compilation of video art reel (remix, collage, etc) and related documentaries for continuous screening.
Anwar Poll Win Swamps Web Chatter August 27, 2008Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Journalism, News.
Tags: Anwar, By-election, Malaysia, Sodomy
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The results of the Permatang Pauh by-election in which prominent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a thumping victory shows democracy is alive and well in Malaysia. Anwar won 66.6% of votes cast, beating Barisan Nasional rival by 15,671 votes and is set to try to take his seat in Parliament this week.
Once again, Malaysians rejected traditional media, turning to the Web where pro-Anwar blogs and sites have become a source of information for supporters who feel that newspapers, television and radio are reflecting the government line.
Days leading to the vote, accusations and counter-accusations of dirty tricks flew with the ruling coalition using a sodomy charge against Anwar to sway voters. Well, the dirt did not stick. His wide margin of victory shows Anwar retained support among Malays despite his pledge to undo some of their privileges.
It is a triumphant return for the veteran politician after a decade in the political wilderness. The 61-year old first rose to prominence as a student radical in the 1970s, was elected to Parliament and held the post of deputy prime minister before being dismissed from government and jailed for sodomy and corruption after highly politicized trials.
Significantly, the results show that the political tide on March 8 which swept several opposition candidates to victory was not an aberration and Malaysians wanted to continue the process of transformation. Sure enough, post-election chatter swamping the Web are uninhibited and celebratory. Check them out here:
Olympic Web of Deceit and Complicity July 30, 2008Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Civic Media, Convergence, Journalism, News.
Tags: censorship, China, IOC, Olympics
Just days to the Beijing Olympics, Chinese authorities are showing a paranoia that could end up scoring an own goal. One shouldn’t be surprised that the first winners are Web censorship and a betrayal. But one should be outraged that the International Olympic Committee was in cahoots.
Which begs the question – who’s in charge here? Sure, the IOC would want to give the impression it was consulted on matters Olympian. But was it really in the know that the Beijing organizers would go back on their word?
In bidding for the games, Chinese officials promised media would have complete freedom. Today they reneged, saying authorities would only guarantee “sufficient” Internet access for accredited media.
An IOC spokesman says it knew China would break its promise to allow unfettered Internet access to foreign reporters covering the Beijing Games. Press commission chairman Kevan Gosper said IOC officials “had negotiated with China that some sensitive Web sites would be blocked” at Olympic venues because they were unrelated to the games.
Oops, what’s happening here? Just two weeks ago, IOC president Jacques Rogge cited free internet access as an achievement of his “silent diplomacy” with Chinese officials. In an interview with AFP, he insisted, “For the first time, foreign media will be able to report freely and publish their work freely in China.”
What a total humiliation of the IOC, and a mockery of the core values of the Games. Which reminds me of the gloat – I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so. This state of affairs would be unthinkable in Olympics in Athens, but times have changed. A booming economy and money to be made can distract and persuade one to kowtow on Web access.
Some 20,000 foreign journalists are affected by China’s backflip. They cannot access Web sites for the human rights group Amnesty International, the Falun Gong spiritual movement, and the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Also inaccessible are the websites for foreign media, such as the BBC’s Chinese-language service, the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Hong Kong-based Apple Daily and the Taiwan-based Liberty Time.
The blocked sites will make it difficult for journalists to retrieve information, particularly on political and human rights stories the government dislikes. Journalists trying to use the Web complained about slow speeds and suspect a ploy to discourage use.
This games is a chance for Beijing to communicate with the world about its vision of the future, as envisioned in this leaked clip of the opening ceremony. The whole world is watching. Surely these guys know by now that everything has a way of finding its way to the Web?
This is the latest in a list of issues to have tarnished the run-up to the Olympics, which start on August 8, following controversies over pollution, human rights and terrorism threat. The Olympics have always been political, but probably none have been as wrapped up with national pride and global prestige as Beijing’s.
For a culture so hung up on image, the images that would speak of a First World China will not be the monuments or the medals that show athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin. The image will be that caught and seen around the Web of a China in the glare of global media.
The ruling Communist party has stressed the need to use the Internet to “correctly guide” public opinion. Just two weeks ago, Chinese President Hu Jintao described the Web as “the battlefield forward position for the propagation of advanced socialist culture.”
It’s unclear whether the IOC might challenge Beijing’s interpretation of “sufficient” Internet access. The IOC maintains the Olympics are a sports event, and it should not intervene in politics. The Swiss-based body has been faulted for failing to hold China to promises made to win the bid.
Update August 1 2008:
IOC President Jacques Rogge said there had been “no deal to accept restrictions” on access. At a news conference in Beijing, Rogge said the IOC required journalists “to have the fullest possible access to report on the Olympic Games”. Asked if the IOC had been naive on the Internet issue, Rogge said: “I would say we are idealists. Idealism is linked with some naivety.”
Depends where you’re coming from Jacques. Naivete has no place in journalism. Skepticism rules. That’s why Reporters Without Borders advises journalists working in China to lock computer files and find safe translators. They should conduct phone calls and write e-mails knowing that they may be monitored.
IOC denies deal on internet curbs