Monthly Archives: September 2004

Systemic Biases in Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is rapidly emerging as the poster child for peer-produced content. While Linux, Apache and other high-quality open source software convinced most in the technical community that “commons based peer production” is one of the most powerful methods to create … Continue reading

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How News Portals Serve Up Political Stories

J.D. Lasica, blogger and frequent contributor to USC Annenberg’s excellent Online Journalism Review, emailed me a few days ago with an interesting question: Why does Google News seem appear to have a conservative bias regarding John Kerry? My initial response … Continue reading

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The Media Sucks, And It’s Your Fault

I posted a couple of weeks back about an experiment I was beginning to run, looking at what headlines from the New York Times get “selectively amplified” by weblogs. With the (generous, much appreciated) help of Kevin Marks, my tools … Continue reading

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From crazy talk to Business Week in four short years

Early in the life of Geekcorps, I spent a great deal of my fundraising energy talking to large tech companies and trying to persuade them that sending some of their employees to the developing world with us was a wise … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Developing Nations License

Creative Commons has released a “developing nations” license. It’s a simple solution to a complex problem – how does a publisher monetize her content in nations where it’s reasonable to sell it for a profit, but offer it with fewer … Continue reading

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CNN’s creative new map of Europe

CNN moves Switzerland to where the Czech Republic used to be. No word yet on where the Czechs have gone, or the fate of CERN, several UN agencies and innumerable numbered bank accounts. (Insert “cancelled Czech” pun here.)

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Notes from FOO

I spent most of last weekend hanging out at FOO Camp, the remarkable conference Tim O’Reilly hosts for 200+ geeks in the backyard of his corporate headquarters in Sebastapol, CA. Rather than try to transcribe the various sessions (which would … Continue reading

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Chemical weapons in Darfur?

Passion of the Present is pointing to a new article out in Germany’s Die Welt, which asserts that the government of Sudan, in cooperation with Syria, has used chemical weapons on people in the Darfur region of Sudan. The story … Continue reading

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More Mbube

Tim Cohen, editor at large for Jo’burg’s Business Day, has an excellent op-ed on Solomon Linda and Mbube. Mbube is the song Linda wrote in 1939, which later became “Wimoweh”, when recorded by Pete Seeger, and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: We’ve got both kinds of mercenaries – journalists, and soldiers of fortune

Zimbabwe has sentenced Simon Mann, alleged Equatorial Guinea coup plotter, to seven years in jail for weapons violations. The pilots of the plane that landed in Zimbabwe got 16 months, the passengers, a year. While the BBC reports that these … Continue reading

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