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How to Ignite, or Quash, a Revolution in 140 Characters or Less

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 2:00pm

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Do the Internet and social media empower Big Brother or individuals in autocratic regimes, or do they offer a rare level playing field?

Lessons Learned from the Fight for Low-Power FM Radio: A Dream that Never Died

June 23, 2011

Hannah Sassaman, a Field Analyst with the Open Technology Initiative a board member at Allied Media Projects and a longtime organizer at Prometheus, wrote and adapted these thoughts in anticipation of the workshop she and others will be leading at the Allied Media Conference, Building a Movement with Media Policy Campaigns.

Wake-Up Call from a Fake Syrian Blogger

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
June 16, 2011 |

Some 14,000 Facebook users joined an online campaign to demand the release of Amina Araf, an outspoken lesbian blogger, from a Syrian prison. How awkward, then, to discover that Ms Araf was the invention of Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old failed American novelist, studying in Scotland.

Your Own Facts

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
June 10, 2011 |

“Just Google it!” has become a common cyber-snobbish response to questions that seem too trivial to merit a human conversation. But is it really an answer? Now that more and more Internet sites are tailoring their services to the idiosyncrasies of individual users, queries for “climate change,” “stem cells” and even “pizza” may yield different outcomes for different people. This may be an era when we are increasingly entitled to our own facts — but should we also be entitled to our own search results?

FCC Future of Media Report Released - The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age

June 9, 2011

The Federal Communications Commissions Future of Media Report has been released. See the embedded report below or download your own copy here.

Egypt: Not Just the Facebook Revolution

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
June 3, 2011 |

"We prayed the revolution would succeed," says Magdy El Galad, the editor-in-chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm, the largest independent newspaper in Egypt. "Because if it failed, we would have been assassinated." A wry smile crosses his face. He's joking, sort of.

Map to Nowhere

  • By
  • Benjamin Lennett,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2011 |

Why is it so incredibly difficult to figure out how much of the nation has access to affordable broadband? For the past 15 years, the Federal Communications Commission has been required by law to collect data on high-speed Internet access. For the most part that information has been fairly useless for the public or even for policy types. Up until recently, for example, a telecom company only needed to serve one customer in a ZIP code to get credit for serving everyone.

China’s 'Networked Authoritarianism'

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
April 25, 2011 |

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a German arts organization launched a website called the "Berlin Twitter Wall." Anyone anywhere on the Internet could use Twitter to post a comment into one of the speech bubbles. Within a few days of its launch, the website was overrun by messages in Chinese. Instead of talking about the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism in Europe, Chinese Twitter users accessed the site to protest their own government's Internet censorship.

In Memoriam, Chris Hondros

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
April 20, 2011 |

Earlier today, April 20, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed on assignment in Misrata, Libya. He was 41 and recently engaged to be married.

Tim Hetherington: Talented Photographer, True Gentleman

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
April 21, 2011 |

The first words that were used to describe Tim by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest."

Yet, Tim was a guy who had great talents. He took highly artistic photos and had released a photography book "Infidel," which consists of his portraits of American soldiers fighting in the Afghan War.

He was also someone who would go out in the field and take the grittiest pictures of combat.

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