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Webs@Work Weekly Buzz #4 November 24, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News, Webs@Work Buzz.
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Webs@Work Weekly Buzz is a regular brief highlighting recent blog posts, online media news, and other new content on civic media.

A new study warns the Web could experience complete gridlock by 2010 as it struggles with the amount of data being carried on it. Besides longer downloads, the real problem is the detrimental effect on new services.

Inducting young people into the front lines of civic engagement is a central aspect of civic media. Washington-based Advocacy Project is one of many organizations now training youth in using media for civic engagement.

Community-driven movements such as Step It Up offers the “first open-source, web-based day of action dedicated to stopping climate change.” It doesn’t tell anyone how to organize a protest, but simply provides a toolkit that lets communities customize actions around the cause.

In a similar vein, the world celebrate Buy Nothing Day this weekend for the 15th time – in Japan on November 24. Buy Nothing Day is an eco-holiday that promotes C02 reduction, fairer trade, and greener economics.

With video emerging as the central focus of the Web, Jeremy Allaire of Brightcove has been walking his talk to “reach consumers where they are, not where you want them to be.” Check out the rest of his keynote at Media Magazine’s Outfront Conference

Webs@Work Weekly Buzz #3 November 18, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News, Webs@Work Buzz.
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Welcome to the Webs@Work Weekly Buzz, a regular brief highlighting recent blog posts, online media news, and other new content on civic media.

What are kids learning in virtual worlds? Watch the webcast of a recent forum supported by MacArthur about teens in virtual spaces and what it means for parents and teachers. The event in Los Angeles was hosted by Common Sense Media.

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is presenting its annual look at the changing media industry, with an emphasis on new media and online journalism. Watch the event live 7-9 pm Tuesday, or archived, on http://groundreport.tv

BBC News has reorganized its news division into a “multimedia newsroom” that combines radio, TV and online. The Beeb will be putting more into developing content for new platforms such as mobile and IPTV and providing purpose-made audio/video for the web. Read more..

Jay Rosen of Assignment Zero has recruited 12 news organizations to participate in an experiment in social network beat reporting. You can follow their progress at beatblogging.org, a compendium site. Read more…

J.K. Rowling is suing the publisher of the Harry Potter Lexicon, which began life as a popular Potter blog, and wants a court to rule that she has the sole right to profit from the “descriptions, character details, and plot points” of the Potter tales.

Webs@Work Weekly Buzz #2 November 4, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Journalism, MIT5, News, Trends, Web Video, Webs@Work Buzz.
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Welcome to the Webs@Work Weekly Buzz, a regular brief highlighting recent blog posts, online media news, and other new content on civic media.

A webcast of What Is Civic Media? is now available from MIT World. The forum marked the launch of the new MIT Center for Future Civic Media and was the first in a series on the relationship between emerging media and civic engagement.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a report that sets out guidelines to minimize collateral damage that copyright enforcement efforts may inflict on video creators who remix copyrighted material.

The report includes a test suite of videos that software engineers can use to test whether their automated filtering technologies are taking proper account of fair use principles.

“Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is accepting proposals for microgrant funding for citizen media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities poorly positioned to take advantage of them.

Queen of media Oprah Winfrey is set to go viral, joining the fun on YouTube with the launch this week of her dedicated channel. It will have clips and behind-the-scenes footage from her TV show.

Webs@Work Weekly Buzz #1 October 28, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Journalism, News, Social Media, Trends, Webs@Work Buzz.
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Welcome to the Webs@Work Weekly Buzz, a regular brief highlighting recent blog posts, online media news, and other new content on civic media. Take your pick and browse.

The OpenNet Initiative has released an excellent report on the recent Web shutdown in Burma. “Pulling the Plug: A Technical Review of the Internet Shutdown in Burma.” contains detailed analysis and a great overview of the events, including the role of citizen journalists in getting information out to the international community.

Citizen Media Law Project at Berkman Center will be launching a weekly podcast series discussing a range of issues related to citizen media, journalism, and law.

The New York Times News River.com is a great new way to view news. The most traditional of news organizations is opening up its archives in truly revolutionary ways in the business.

Dave Winer explores the implications of the NYT data-stream while Dan Gillmor weighs in with “Bringing the New York Times’ Cornucopia to All”

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