Monthly Archives: September 2009

Harvard Forum: ICT and gender

Canada’s International Development Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center are convening a conversation today and tomorrow at Harvard on the future of information and communication technology and development (ICT4D). Global Voices will be participating in the event as a media … Continue reading

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Harvard Forum: Mobiles, Markets and making culture

Canada’s International Development Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center are convening a conversation today and tomorrow at Harvard on the future of information and communication technology and development (ICT4D). Global Voices will be participating in the event as a media … Continue reading

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Notes from the Harvard Forum on ICT4D

Canada’s International Development Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center are convening a conversation today and tomorrow at Harvard on the future of information and communication technology and development (ICT4D). Global Voices will be participating in the event as a media … Continue reading

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Camille Utterback: Tripod intern makes good

One of the most interesting clubs in the world must be the society of MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur foundation awards a set of grants – colloquially known as “genius grants” – that provide $500,000 to a recipient over five years. … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky and accountability journalism

NYU Professor Clay Shirky published an essay, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable“, that suggested that journalists needed to radically rethink the assumptions that have made market-supported newspapers possible. It was a bombshell, cited and commented on thousands of times. Today, … Continue reading

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Google Books and big data

Google’s Mathew Gray has been playing with data sets for a long time. He’s the author of the world’s first known web spider, and he’s now working on Google Books. And he wants to know, “What would you like to … Continue reading

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Amanda Michel on Distributed Reporting

Amanda Michel, the Director of Distributed Reporting at ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news agency, explains to IBM’s Transparent Text symposium, how her newsroom is using crowdsourced reporting. She explains that most people think crowdsourcing is useful for reporting efficiently. That’s … Continue reading

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DocumentCloud – improving search for journalists

Aron Pilhofer and Jeremy Ashkenas introduce DocumentCloud, a powerful new tool for journalists, bloggers and activists at IBM’s Transparent Text symposium. On the abstract level, it’s designed to “turn unstructured text into structured data”, to let folks work with documents … Continue reading

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Sunlight Foundation’s Ellen Miller at Transparent Text

Ellen Miller, the founder of the Sunlight Foundation, wants to redefine public information as online information. To have government accountability, we need “information for media and citizens alike” – and we need to find ways to make this information comprehensible … Continue reading

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Open Government: Beth Noveck at Transparent Text

Beth Noveck, formerly of New York Law School, is now the deputy CTO in the Obama administration in charge of the Open Government initiative. Explaning this role and the administration’s vision for open government, she’s the opening keynote speaker at … Continue reading

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