• Now Media

    Definition of irony: event in London on censorship and Wikileaks bans photography and recording (updated)

    At City University, London, right now is a conference titled “Too much information? Security and censorship in the age of Wikileaks.” The speakers are: Jonathan Dimbleby, chair; Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder; and David Aaronovitch, The Times. Ironically, the event’s website states Please note it will not be possible to take photos or recordings during this event. At the event, the audience was reminded that they may not take pictures of the panel with Julian Assange. Confusingly, the organizers also said: We hope to run a live stream of the event, the link to this will be posted at www.city.ac.uk/journalism Alas, there is no information on the webcast. Tweets from the…

  • Media,  Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Wikileaks

    The Importance of Understanding Wikileaks

    City University London is hosting a conversation with Wikileaks front man Julian Assange on 30 September 2010. The event, titled Too much information, security and censorship in the age of Wikileaks, will ostensibly ask several questions stemming from the sensational release of tens of thousands of internal military communications, labeled the Afghan War Diaries by Wikileaks: Was this a victory for free expression? Or a stunt that put hundreds of lives in danger? Is censorship a necessary evil in wartime? And will mass leaking of information change journalism? To be sure, this was not an exercise of “free expression.” An expression would be the labeling and framing of the material.…

  • Government Broadcasting,  Public Diplomacy,  Smith-Mundt

    U.S. International Broadcasting: An Untapped Resource For Domestic And Ethnic News Organizations

    For anyone interested in the Broadcasting Board of Governors and/or U.S. government broadcasting, I recommend reading this updated report-turned-chapter written by Shawn Powers: U.S. International Broadcasting: An Untapped Resource For Domestic And Ethnic News Organizations (180kb PDF, also available as a Google Doc). The news media landscape is rapidly changing in the wake of technological progress and the altered ways in which information is received and disseminated require adjustments in the contemporary media regulatory framework. Just as advances in science and health sectors require governments to adjust their laws accordingly, so do advances in information technology. The advent of the Internet, a global infrastructure able to disseminate information instantaneously from…