Monthly Archives: February 2009

Rest in Peace, Rocky Mountain News

I’m reading stories about the closing of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver with a great deal of sadness. I wasn’t a reader of the newspaper, and I have no personal connection to Colorado, but I had the chance to … Continue reading

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links for 2009-02-27 Campaign to make Facebook a more effective platform for organizers. Targets the 5,000 member limit for sending emails to members of a group (tags: facebook activism community blogs campaigns)

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Rolcats and recursive humor

A couple of days ago, I posted a link to Яolcats, a site that promises “English Translations of Eastern Bloc Lolcats”. One of my astute readers pointed out that, while the “translations” are hilarious, they bear no resemblance to the … Continue reading

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Pippa Norris on globalization and communication

Professor Pippa Norris of Harvard’s Kennedy School, is focused on “Cosmoolitan Communications” for her forthcoming book, titled “Cultural Convergence”. Working with Ronald Inglehart of the World Values Survey, she’s studying the ways that communications impact the strength of national identity … Continue reading

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Iranian blogs also at threat at Bluehost

I blogged about problems friends were having hosting Zimbabwean human rights sites on US webhosting company, Bluehost. In that post, I speculated that someone connected with the Mugabe government had alerted Bluehost to the Kubatana account as a way of … Continue reading

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Join the herd!

The Open Net Initiative, a project of the Berkman Center (my employer), Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, the Oxford Internet Institute and the University of Cambridge, has emerged as the gold standard for reporting on internet censorship around … Continue reading

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links for 2009-02-23

Nigerian Accused in Scheme to Swindle Citibank – A fascinating variant on the standard 419 scam – Nigerian scammers defraud tens of millions by pretending to be Ethiopian banking officials (tags: africa nigeria ethiopia 419 finance) Nigerian Accused in … Continue reading

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The final word on the death of newspapers?

Some sort of secret signal went out, and everyone and their neighbor has posted a “death of newspapers” story since the beginning of the year, myself included. Polymeme, which is increasingly my go-to, first thing in the morning read, has … Continue reading

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links for 2009-02-20

%u042Folcats English translations of Russian-language Lolcats. Most appear to focus on making cats spout Soviet-era pro-communist dialog. Good fun. (tags: blogs internet humor history russia memes lolcats satire) Death of newspapers | Salon A particularly good "death of journalism" analysis, … Continue reading

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Watching Madagascar, via Twitter

The nature of breaking news is changing. Recent breaking stories, like the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, have been simulcast on mainstream news sites and via social media like blogs and twitter. To stay up to date, I’ve increasingly found myself … Continue reading

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