Monthly Archives: March 2009

links for 2009-03-14

Economic Scene – The Looting of America%u2019s Coffers – NYTimes.com A 16-year-old economics paper on "looting" may help explain the collapse of AIG and the crisis in financial markets. Goverment bailout isn't just a "moral hazard" for looters – it's … Continue reading

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Countries for rent, and the Malagasy crisis

Time Magazine offers a surprisingly good package of articles, titled “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” The list is blissfully free of short-lived tech trends, and digs into some larger, longer-term ideas, like recycling suburban big box stores into … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-13

BBC NEWS | Africa | Ghana's juicy economic lesson As Europeans are less willing to import fresh fruit products from Ghana due to economic slowdown, one Ghanaian food company is discovering that there's a growing local market for high-quality local … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-12

A Dirty Pun Tweaks China%u2019s Online Censors – NYTimes.com Michael Wines offers an excellent overview of the grass mud horse controversy, managing to discuss various mythical Chinese beasts without actually translating the offensive phrases. A good introduction to the current … Continue reading

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Politics and new media, or “Should I really tweetspam Congress?”

I lectured in my friend Jonathan Zittrain’s class at Harvard Law about ten days ago. I shared the stage with Nicco Mele, internet strategist for Howard Dean and co-founder of tech consultancy EchoDitto. I gave a typically long-winded talk on … Continue reading

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Al Gidari – Mobile phones and surveillance

Is your cellphone watching your every move? Almost certainly. But the interesting question is this: who can access that data? Lawyer Al Gidari of Perkins Cole in Seattle has spent years litigating this question, and offers a provocative and nuanced … Continue reading

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Introducing MediaCloud

We’re launching a very cool new project at Berkman today, Media Cloud. Basically, Media Cloud is a platform to help researchers find quantitative answers to questions like: – What type of stories are covered more heavily in blogs than in … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-10

The first sketches of history Nieman Journalism Lab Pushing to the Future of Journalism Some really lovely newspaper visualizations, including a cartogram world map distored based on NYTimes attention. (tags: media journalism news visualization nyt guardian newspapers nytimes GAP mapping … Continue reading

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The grass mud horse, and other legendary Chinese beasts

A quick follow on to my post from last week trying to summarize my friend Rebecca MacKinnon’s wide ranging and fascinating talk on Chinese internet culture. OxfamUnwrapped.com: Alpaca One of the commenters on my blog – Tumshie – was kind … Continue reading

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Rising Voices, TED, Pop!Tech and the challenges of innovating… everywhere

A journalist recently asked me what had surprised me most about the success of Global Voices. There have been a lot of surprises with this project – the passion with which our volunteer community has embraced the effort, the emergence … Continue reading

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