Monthly Archives: March 2009

links for 2009-03-14

Economic Scene – The Looting of America%u2019s Coffers – 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 – 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. 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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