Monthly Archives: February 2010

Snowy journey, with journalism

I got stuck on a train between New York and Albany last night as a storm pounded the Hudson Valley. Fortunately, Amtrak’s warnings about service on the Empire Line were sufficiently dire that I used my layover in Penn Station … Continue reading

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Internet Freedom: Beyond Circumvention

Secretary Clinton’s recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies. It makes sense that the State Department would look … Continue reading

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links for 2010-02-18

Booking a Flight the Frugal Way – Frugal Traveler Blog – What I'll send to friends and family the next time they ask me for advice on how to book a cheap airline ticket online (tags: internet travel airlines … Continue reading

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Asashoryu resigns. Will sumo ever globalize?

Here’s a story I missed while I was out with eye surgery: Asashoryu, one of the greatest sumo wrestlers in history, has retired. And needless to say, for anyone who follows sumo: it’s not quite that simple as that. Indeed, … Continue reading

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Jure Leskovec on Memetracker, quantitative media analysis

Jure Leskovec, professor of computer science at Stanford, is interested in what sorts of novel questions we can ask about media now that (much of our) news is on the web. His work on tracking memes by tracking short phrases … Continue reading

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links for 2010-02-16

Portland Benefit for Haiti – Clowns Without Borders – USA Don't send yoga mats to Haiti – send clowns! (tags: haiti aid empathy goodintentions) There will always be a San Francisco – James Fallows Donate your old yoga mat to … Continue reading

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Watching Nigeria (even when my eyes hurt)

I’m mostly offline this week, as I’m still healing from surgery and finding that reading and emailing are very painful… but one of the stories I haven’t been able to tear myself away from is the tale of Nigeria’s missing … Continue reading

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links for 2010-02-12 | technology | news | technology SMS role in slaughter the use of social media, including SMS and Facebook, to inflame interreligious tensions in Jos, Nigeria (tags: africa technology nigeria sms violence socialmedia telephony facebook) Much Ado About Baidu … Continue reading

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links for 2010-02-11

Earthquakes and Journalism: Think Tank : The New Yorker Steve Coll on the inevitable cycle of reporting that follows natural disaster (tags: media journalism disasters earthquake newspapers haiti) Global Voices Online Morocco: Where Independent Media is No More Le Journal … Continue reading

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links for 2010-02-08

Still Counting? 27 More Websites Opened in Xinjiang | Xinjiang: Far West China The internet in Xinjiang opens up a little bit… but as a constrained, whitelisted network. Is this the shape of things to come? Or specific to one … Continue reading

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