Censorship = Freedom?
Think you have the right to speak freely via cellphones, websites and social media? Well, the companies that provide you with access to the Internet don't agree.
That's No Phone -- That's My Tracker
The device in your purse or jeans that you think is a cellphone -- guess again. It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let's stop calling them phones. They are trackers.
Why are Mobile Networks Dropping Like Flies?
Why are wireless networks suddenly conking out all over the world? It looks like global networks are developing a signaling problem -- more specifically a signaling overload problem.
White Space Broadband As a White Knight for Rural America
Perhaps proponents of TV white spaces and other unlicensed spectrum technology can inject rational dialog into the broadband discussion. This technology can offer valuable short-term benefits while integrating with fiber for strong, long-term solutions. It may be the compromise that helps get faster broadband to rural America.
Internet Defense League Lighting 'Catsignal' for Web Freedom
The Internet Defense League, a collection of organizations and individuals promoting Internet freedom across the world, wants to make its mid-July launch something special. The plan? Collect $19,000 to fund at least five giant "catsignals" that will light up the night sky in cities around the world in a geeky nod toward Internet culture's love of cats and the simultaneous release of the Dark Knight Rises.
How Google May Turn Its Kansas City Broadband Project into a Business
Google is in the midst of providing 'ultra high speed fiber' access to the residents of Kansas City (Mo. and Kan.). This has been positioned as an experiment, and as a poke in the eye to the incumbents to "show 'em how it's done." And it has apparently made the incumbents nervous enough to offer residents a bounty for tips about the deployment. Could Google turn this into a business?
Chicago Tribune Suspends Use of Journatic
As a result of serious breaches of the Chicago Tribune's journalistic standards, the Tribune has suspended indefinitely its use of Journatic as a third-party producer of editorial content for our suburban TribLocal publications.
Journatic Published Hundreds of Stories Under Fake Bylines on Houston Chronicle Websites
Outsourcing company Journatic used previously undisclosed fake bylines on more than 350 stories published on behalf of the Houston Chronicle, Poynter has learned.
Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back
The push and pull over what is on the record is one of journalism's perennial battles. But those negotiations typically took place case by case, free from the red pens of press minders. Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.
YouTube and News
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale struck the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that would kill more than 18,000 people and leave an estimated $180 billion in damage. The news media worldwide provided extensive coverage of the disaster and its aftermath, but millions of people also turned to the Web to learn about the event on the video sharing website YouTube.
New York Post Eyes Shielding Murdoch Talks Over Chimp Cartoon
The New York Post is seeking to keep its top editor from having to answer questions in a bias lawsuit about his discussions with media mogul Rupert Murdoch over a published cartoon that appeared to liken President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.
Ethiopia Jails Six Journalists
An Ethiopian court has sentenced six journalists to jail on terrorism charges. Award-winning blogger Eskinder Nega got an 18-year term. The other five, who live in exile, were sentenced in absentia.