Article: Open data journalism, making stories better

Data, Media, Open Source

Open data journalism, making stories better

Traditional journalistic work is presented to the reader in its complete, hopefully perfect form, while open journalism encourages reader participation from the start. It represents a key change in the role’s perception of news agencies—rather than being a sheer distributor of the news; it becomes a knowledgeable voice that steers a discussion around the news.

Open journalism has the power to turn all of us into experts, each with our own unique experience, skills, and perspective that contribute to the global story, and reporters who can use the power of the web can produce stronger, better stories.

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Article: Social applications are the next big trend in crypto

Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Media, Open Source, Web 3.0

Social applications are the next big trend in crypto

In particular, crypto communities have grown and evolved in various new and exciting ways, with Twitter serving as a dominant space for discourse, followed by Reddit and, more recently, Clubhouse. Discord and Telegram have mainly served as community management tools and outlets for project-specific conversations.

The common denominator? None of these platforms really abide by the crypto principles of decentralization, privacy and user rights. A redesign of social media and community spaces in line with core crypto principles seems inevitable, not just for a safer medium of expression but also for an elevated economic ecosystem focused on thriving.

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Article: Decentralized Metaverses: Is That What Web 3.0 Really Is?

Decentralized Internet, Digital Content, Media, Web 3.0

Decentralized Metaverses: Is That What Web 3.0 Really Is?

People need, crave, desire, and hunger for new experiences. It is pointless to deny that irritation is starting to set in among social network users, who are witnessing the continuous contraction of online freedom of speech, turning them into refugees from Facebook, Twitter, and their ilk.

Metaverses are turning into the embracing havens for such disenchanted users. It is indicative when so many companies are engaging in creating blockchain-based metaverses, for they go where the money is.

Blockchain technologies can indeed play a significant role in the transition to Web 3.0 in the near future and act as the starting point of its ascent. Perhaps, the metaverses under development today will become the social networks of tomorrow.

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Article: Hong Kongers Use Blockchain To Fight Government Censorship

Blockchain, Censorship, Media

Hong Kongers Use Blockchain To Fight Government Censorship

The Hong Kong government has already shown that it has no qualms about rewriting history. But, some wondered, would it really go so far as to erase history?

The answer is yes.

Earlier this month, the public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong announced that it would begin deleting archive content that is more than a year old. That means programs covering the Hong Kong protests in 2019 will be removed from the RTHK website and social media accounts, as will the broadcaster’s coverage of the political process. It is the latest development in the government’s drive to redesign RTHK as part of its campaign for greater control over the news media.

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Article: Blockchain And Sustainability: Oxymoron Or Panacea?

Blockchain, Innovation, Media

Blockchain And Sustainability: Oxymoron Or Panacea?

The power of decentralised networks also lies in their transparency. On a blockchain, every transaction is verified by multiple parties and no one is able to edit the data without alerting the entire network. Unlike the algorithms of big tech – which are kept secret and constantly changing – blockchain contracts are public, as are the laws around who can change them and how. The result is a tamper-proof, transparent system which famously earned blockchain its reputation as “the trust machine”.

Thanks to these characteristics, applications built on blockchains have the potential to incentivise positive social and environmental impact – from changing wealth distribution to aligning finance with protection of nature.

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Article: What the ephemerality of the Web means for your hyperlinks

Academia, Access, Knowledge, Media
What the ephemerality of the Web means for your hyperlinks

Linkrot and content drift at this scale across the New York Times is not a sign of neglect, but rather a reflection of the state of modern online citation. The rapid sharing of information through links enhances the field of journalism. That it is being compromised by the fundamental volatility of the Web points to the need for new practices, workflows, and technologies.

Retroactive options––or mitigation––are limited, but still important to consider. The Internet Archive hosts an impressive, though far from comprehensive, assortment of snapshots of websites. It’s best understood as a means of patching incidents of linkrot and content drift. Publications could work to improve the visibility of the Internet Archive and other services like it as a tool for readers, or even automatically replace broken links with ones to archives, as the Wikipedia community has done.

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Article: The tides are turning for blockchain in mainstream media

Blockchain, Media

The tides are turning for blockchain in mainstream media

In order to break through the current barriers of understanding, businesses need to take a utility-focused approach to the media. The internet’s mainstream moment came not when people understood how it worked, but why they needed it.

The same goes for blockchain. The space will only continue to grow as these barriers of understanding are lowered, and people begin to see the wide-ranging potential applications of the technology become reality. Blockchain companies who can get this right now stand not only to benefit from adoption in the short term, but to become the Googles, Microsofts and Apples of the future.

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Article: Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Enter the Decentralized Social Media (DSM) model, a polycentric model of online interaction recently proposed on Medium by Ross Ulbricht, the currently imprisoned founder of Silk Road, an infamous illicit online marketplace that jump-started the popularity of Bitcoin in the early 2000s.

To oversimplify, Ulbricht’s DSM model would remove those automatic and manual moderation tools from under the hood of a social media’s servers and place those same processes in the device of the social media user under the control of separate companies that stand to profit from providing moderation and aggregation services at the discretion of the device owner. Users could access any or all of the web’s available social media content feeds at once and only be fed content within their own acceptable parameters while retaining ownership of their user data. All of this would be done through the operant function of Bitcoin, the encrypted blockchain.

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Article: Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

While mainstream social media platforms have revolutionized the way we interact with one another and made eCommerce more effective thanks to targeted advertising, these platforms have serious flaws, notably data and privacy breached that should not be ignored. The advent of blockchain social media offers a plausible solution to these challenges, allowing individuals to interact over decentralized and distributed networks without third parties’ praying eyes.

Blockchain social media offers numerous benefits. Among other benefits, they allow users to enjoy greater privacy, assert better control of their data, and express themselves freely without drastic consequences or account censorship. Better still, decentralized social media allows users to earn income on their activities on the platform, including content creation and other interactions.

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Article: A free press requires an open internet

Censorship, Media

A free press requires an open internet

Press freedom around the world depends on an open, reliable and secure internet.

Internet censorship and repression take many forms. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) regularly censors words, phrases and names published on the internet that it deems to be anti-communist and anti-government. It also limits access to many websites. Government-enforced internet shutdowns and network restrictions also inhibit freedom of expression, including for members of the press. In Venezuela, the government uses electricity and internet blackouts to inhibit access to information and control potential political unrest.

“Over the past 10 years, the entire spectrum of human rights are now enabled, facilitated, and accessed through the internet,” Access Now says. “We are prepared to address new technologies as they emerge, and to bring the implications for human rights to the fore.”