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Media Bits & Bytes - Everything You Never Wanted to Know (But
 Need to) Edition

 December 4, 2012

 Published by Portside

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 Expansion of Community Radio Means More Opportunities for
 Ethnic Media

 By Brandy Doyle

 November 30, 2012 
 New America Media


 Today the Federal Communications Commission announced that
 for the first time in more than a decade, community groups
 will be able to start small, local radio stations. The FCC
 will take applications for new low power FM radio stations
 in Fall of 2013. This marks a historic opportunity for
 multilingual, immigrant, and ethnic communities to control
 their own media, and for the first time, stations will be
 permitted in urban areas.  If you or a group you know want
 to start a station, The Prometheus Radio Project wants to
 help! http://prometheusradio.org/

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 "They're trying to take the Internet"

 By Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

 December 3, 2012 AFL-CIO mass email to workers, union
 members and their allies [log in to unmask]

 This year, they tried to take our cupcakes and our football
 referees. Now, they're trying to take the Internet.

 We don't usually email you about internet rights, but this
 is big. This week, a UN conference in Dubai will consider
 amendments to a treaty that would significantly infringe on
 our internet policy.

 This isn't hyperbole -  the Internet as we know it is at
 risk. Sign the petition, and support freedom of association
 and freedom of speech on the internet.

 The International Telecommunications Union (or ITU), a
 United Nations agency, is considering new rules that could
 clamp down on the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.

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 Growth of viral video leaves deaf in the dark

 By Hayley Tsukayama

 November 28, 2012 
 Washington Post


Viral videos may be good for sharing ideas and spreading
 funny foreign pop hits, but they are leaving millions of
 deaf and hearing-impaired people out of the loop. The rise
 of e-mails, instant messages, and other text-based media was
 a godsend to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, but as
 the Web evolved to include more video, old barriers to
 communication have resurfaced.

 Broadcasters and video services must provide online
 captions, but there are no such requirements for content
 made exclusively for the Web.  Some companies have launched
 their own efforts, for example YouTube offers automatic
 captioning in English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean on many
 videos, and will soon support German, Italian, French,
 Portuguese, Russian and Dutch.   But speech-recognition
 software is far from perfect and is no substitute for
 quality captions. More regulation is necessary to get
 captions on the majority of videos.

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 Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India

 by Julie Mccarthy

 November 29, 2012 
 National Public Radio (NPR)


 Shaheen Dhada is a 21-year-old management science grad whose
 Facebook post last week triggered her arrest and the violent
 wrath of local residents. Her "crime" was questioning the
 shutdown of Mumbai as mourners gathered for the cremation of
 Bal Thackeray, who had dominated the city's political stage
 for decades and fanned ethnic violence by calling upon his
 Hindu followers to attack Muslims.

 Dhada and a friend who "liked" the post were charged under
 India's new Information Technology Act, which prohibits
 electronic speech that causes "annoyance, inconvenience,
 danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation,
 enmity, hatred or ill will."  However, the two women are not
 expected to face prosecution. Following a public outcry, two
 senior officials from the local Palghar police have been
 suspended and a magistrate transferred.

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 The future of the internet is intelligent machines

 BY Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE

 Nov 28, 2012 


 Thanks to the internet, almost anything consumers might want
 is just a click away. But for businesses, the gains have
 been much less dramatic. That is about to change, with the
 arrival of the Industrial Internet.

 As we know it today, the internet has been largely about
 connecting people to information, people to people, and
 people to business. But the real opportunity for change is
 still ahead of us, in what we call the "Industrial
 Internet," an open, global network that connects people,
 data and machines. It is not about a world run by robots,
 but by linking our vast physical world of machines,
 facilities, fleets and networks to more deeply merge with
 the connectivity, big data and analytics of the digital
 world.  Then we can combine the world's best technologies to
 improve productivity and solve our biggest challenges.

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 Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women

 By Agence France-Presse

 November 22, 2012 


 Denied the right to travel without consent from their male
 guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are
 now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-
 border movements.  Since last week, Saudi women's male
 guardians began receiving text messages on their phones
 informing them when women under their custody leave the
 country, even if they are travelling together.   Women are
 not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from
 their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing
 what is known as the "yellow sheet" at the airport or

 The move by the Saudi authorities was swiftly condemned on
 Twitter  -   a rare bubble of freedom for millions in the
 kingdom  -   with critics mocking the decision.  Saudi
 Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not
 allowed to drive, and the many restrictions on women have
 led to high rates of female unemployment, officially
 estimated at around 30 percent.

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 Is the Internet Bad for Your Health? [Infographic]

 By Devon Glenn

 November 26, 2012 
 Social Times


 Bullying, sleep deprivation, and relationship stress are
 just a few of the dangers of spending too much time online.
 This infographic shows some surprising statistics on the
 toll the internet has taken on our health and how much worse
 things could be in the future.

 The American Psychiatric Association has not technically
 classified internet addiction as a mental health disorder,
 but this could change. In a study of 216 kids, the 30
 percent who showed signs of depression were also the most
 prolific web users.  Insurance.com has visualized these and
 other statistics in the infographic chart.

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 'NYT' Reporter Jodi Rudoren Gets a Social Network 'Minder'
 After Uproar Over Gaza

 By Greg Mitchell

 November 29, 2012 
 The Nation.com Blog


 The new, and very active, New York Times public editor
 Margaret Sullivan, looked at the uproar over the paper's new
 Jerusalem chief Jodi Rudoren and her "problematic" tweets
 and Facebook posts. Rugoren had been accused of anti-Israel
 bias, after she tweeted that perhaps she would one day chat
 with Ali Abunimah, the Palestinian author and writer at The
 Electronic Intifiada. Then she wrote a Facebook post in
 which she described Palestinians as "ho-hum" about the death
 of loved ones. The comments came off as insensitive and the
 reaction was sharp, not only from media pundits, but also
 from dismayed readers.

 The Times is so concerned about all this that they have
 taken the rare step of assigning an editor to oversee
 Rugoren use of social networking. Some readers say they'd
 rather see Rudoren express her true feelings on Facebook
 rather than watch them "scrubbed" by another Times editor.
 And imagine if the Times Jerusalem chief was Palestinian and
 wrote that "ho-hum" and "limited lives" Facebook post
 profiling Israelis.

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 Problems With a Reporter's Facebook Posts, and a Possible

 By Margaret Sullivan

 November 29, 2012 
 New York Times - Public Editor's Journal


 Bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren,  moved to Israel from New York
 earlier this year, and in terms of social media, Ms. Rudoren
 has had a rocky start in her new position. Within a few days
 of taking the post, she had sent some Twitter messages that
 brought criticism, and had people evaluating her politics
 before she had even dug into the reporting work before her.
 Having taken on one of journalism's toughest challenges, Ms.
 Rudoren deserves every chance to continue to show readers
 that she is a reporter whose only interest is in telling the
 story engagingly and truthfully.

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 Predicting the Future Is Easier Than It Looks

 BY Michael D. Ward and Nils Metternich

 November 16, 2012 
 Foreign Policy


 The same statistical revolution that changed baseball has
 now entered American politics, and no one has been more
 successful in popularizing a statistical approach to
 political analysis than New York Times blogger Nate Silver,
 who of course cut his teeth as a young sabermetrician. Why
 can't the same predictive tools be applied to world

 Today, there are several dozen ongoing, public projects that
 aim to forecast the kinds of things foreign policymakers
 desperately want to be able to predict: various forms of
 state failure, famines, mass atrocities, coups d'├ętat,
 interstate and civil war, and ethnic and religious conflict.
 So while U.S. elections might occupy the front page of the
 New York Times, the ability to predict instances of extreme
 violence and upheaval represent the holy grail of
 statistical forecasting -- and researchers are now getting
 close to doing just that.

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 When the Nerds Go Marching In

 By Alexis C. Madrigal

November 16, 2012
 The Atlantic 

 http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/when- the-nerds-go-marching-in/265325/

 This is a long, entertaining feature story of how a dream
 team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Goggle built
 Narwhal, the code name for the data platform that drove
 Barack Obama's reelection campaign by tracking voters and
 volunteers.  By the end,  they raised hundreds of millions
 of dollars online, made unprecedented progress in voter
 targeting, and built everything atop the most stable
 technical infrastructure of any presidential campaign. To go
 a step further, the nerds shook up an ossifying Democratic
 tech structure and the politicos taught the nerds a thing or
 two about stress , small-p politics, and the significance of

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 Are Data Centers the New Global Landfill? By Ron Bianchini

 October 22, 2012 


 In the last decade we've seen the rise of public cloud
 storage and it's a common misconception to think that
 information in the "cloud" is in outer space somewhere.  But
 all data "docks" somewhere - it has to live in a tangible
 location. It lives in data centers located in building
 floors in the middle of Manhattan, in the country plains of
 North Carolina, in farms and other wide-open spaces. As the
 world becomes more IT dependent, data center growth is
 inevitable. There's a very direct parallel here with
 mainframe computers - giant warehouses, or basements filled
 with systems used to power only a few hundred computers.
 Warehouses were ripped out, as technology innovators found
 more practical solutions for consumers and enterprises. So,
 why haven't we found a similar solution for data?

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 Canada's OpenFile News Startup Halts Publication, Owes

 by Kelly Toughill

 November 15, 2012 
 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) -  MediaShift


 The bank accounts of OpenFile, the Canadian "community-
 powered news organization," are frozen and freelancers still
 haven't been paid, but founder Wilf Dinnick says the
 innovative journalism network will return in 2013 -- or
 before.  OpenFile stopped publishing Sept. 28 for what
 Dinnick called a "pause" for a "few weeks." More than six
 weeks later, many employees -- including Editor in Chief
 John Ferri -- have found other jobs, the site is still
 silent, and auditors are still reviewing the company's

 The biggest lesson, said Dinnick, was that the audience is
 better at directing content than journalists. Reader-
 suggested stories always drew more traffic than stories
 thought up by a reporter or editor, but OpenFile sometimes
 lost sight of its mandate to follow readers, and tried to
 lead them instead.

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 FCC Abandons Diversity, Embraces Rupert Murdoch

 By Joseph Torres

 November 20, 2012 
 New America Media / Free Press


 Last week, the FCC released new figures that showed that
 ownership of TV and radio stations by women and people of
 color remains abysmally low. So it's inexplicable that
 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
 Genachowski would choose to alienate these very same groups
 in what could be the first major policy decision of
 President Obama's second term. Genachowski is reportedly
 ready to adopt policies recycled from the Bush
 administration that would lift the long-standing ban on
 companies owning both newspapers and TV stations in the same

 The court instructed the FCC to investigate the impact of
 any future rule changes on media diversity before it pushed
 forward with any changes. But behind closed doors,
 Genachowski is now rushing to lift the cross-ownership ban
 in the biggest markets, while ignoring the Commission's own
 data on the dreadful state of ownership diversity. And
 relaxing cross- ownership rules would helping media moguls
 like Rupert Murdoch, who reportedly wants to buy the Los
 Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, but can't do it unless
 the current rules are scrapped.

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