Anthropology roundup: Report on EASA Media Anthropology Network activities at the 14th EASA Biennial Conference, Milan, 20-23 July 2016

A short report by Philipp Budka 1) EASA Media Anthropology Network Meeting (21 July 2016) Philipp Budka introduced the network, its history and its activities to a group of about 15 people, some new and some regular participants to the network’s meetings at EASA conferences. The network, which was established in 2004, has particularly become known for … Read more

Journalism agenda: “A guide for journalists covering the #Rio2016 Olympics

Tip: Check out this guide for journalists covering the #Rio2016 Olympics Journalists headed to Rio? Here’s how to stay safe and find new reporting angles for your coverage ‘We need to stay agile’: The AJ+ take on the future of distributed news ‘We’re looking at how we can do things differently now that a lot … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Interactive map: 15 years of European migrant deaths…”Murder overshadows Brexit referendum campaign…

Interactive map: 15 years of European migrant deaths  Boing Boing by Andrea James Austrian designer Moriz Büsing created this grim interactive map of migrant and refugee deaths on the way to Europe, or trying to stay in Europe; over 32,000 deaths in 15 years Europe migrant crisis: Charity rejects EU funds over migration policy  BBC News | … Read more

#PanamaPapers (2) – How over 400 journalists reported on the leaks…

Here’s how over 400 journalists at dozens of news orgs reported out the massive Panama Papers story Nieman Journalism Lab by Ricardo Bilton Sunday’s report of the Panama Papers detailed a global, decades-long story of bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, and financial fraud that implicates over 100 politicians and public officials. Equally impressive, however, is project … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Car information security is a complete wreck…

Pirate Music Site Op Pleads Guilty, Faces Five Years in Prison TorrentFreak Over the past five years, Operation in Our Sites, the U.S. initiative tackling copyright-infringing websites, has produced several arrests and the seizure of thousands of domains.   Car information security is a complete wreck — here’s why  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Sean Gallagher’s long, … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Most popular programming languages shift at Github

Most popular programming languages shift at Github Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza Driven by the web and Android, Javascript and Java reign. Ruby and C lose ground. PHP lumbers on, impervious. Somewhere in the distance, a Perl script barks mournfully. Wargames-style map shows ongoing internet attacks Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza The Norse Map is a Wargames-style … Read more

Journalism agenda: “Azeri journalist dies after beating… “NYT innovations…

Azeri journalist dies after beating  BBC News | Europe | World Edition A journalist in Azerbaijan who criticised a popular footballer on social media is fatally beaten by football fans. How much do you make? A CUNY grad student is collecting data on salaries in journalism Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman Julia Haslanger wants to know … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts in Silk Road trial verdict…

Silk Road trial verdict: Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin Ulbricht faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Read the rest Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht found guilty for all 7 conspiracy charges  The Next Web by Napier Lopez Today, Ross Ulbricht, known by his online alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,”was … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Algorithmic cruelty”…”Web Encryption Gets Stronger in 2014….

Algorithmic cruelty  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow With its special end-of-year message, Facebook wants to show you, over and over, what your year “looked like”; in Eric Meyer’s case, the photo was of his daughter, who died this year: “For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in … Read more

#Ferguson Anthropologists [also] Speak Out

Ferguson: Anthropologists Speak Out  Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology by Carole McGranahan Race and injustice and anger and fear. All of these and more in the wake of the grand jury decision in the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. What do anthropology and anthropologists have to say about all of this? … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The rise of Podemos…”33 European languages in danger of extinction

The centre is falling apart across Europe – Ian Traynor – Nov 15, 4:04 PM – Wednesday morning in Brussels and Beppe Grillo has brought his anti-establishment roadshow to the European parliament. The committee room is packed, standing room only for the former standup act. Once he gets going, Grillo resembles a force of … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Global Spying Went Nuts Today…

Bugged Bears, Spy Irons, and the Pope: Global Spying Went Nuts Today The Pope is being targeted by U.S. eavesdroppers. Julian Assange is sending packageswith video cameras and GPS trackers. The Russians are using teddy bears to snoop on G-20 officials. Spy chips are popping up in electric irons. Oh, and the NSA, it turns out, has broken into Google and Yahoo’s datacenters. … Read more

Cyberculture roundup: Peace and Democracy Party asks Facebook to reopen its official pages…Celebrate Software Freedom Day…

  Peace and Democracy Party asks Facebook to reopen its official pages BDP officials met with Facebook representatives requesting them to reopen their pages No, the Government Never Asked Linus Torvalds for a Backdoor in Linux   Contrary to some online reports, Linus Torvalds, a founder of Linux, was never asked by the U.S. government … Read more

My favorite tools Storify bought by Livefyre

Livefyre acquires Storify to bolster its social storytelling capabilities Storify, the service that lets anyone curate social media conversations across Twitter, Facebook, and other mediums, has been acquired by Livefyre for an undisclosed sum. Storify sold to Livefyre in a merging of social curation toolsA tech startup with roots deeply entrenched in the journalism world … Read more

Cyberculture roundup: Microsoft buys Nokia… Increase in Tor browser usage…

Why Microsoft wants to buy Nokia?s device business In the wake of Microsoft announcing that it wants to purchase Nokia?s devices and services business, many have commented that it is a move long in the making ? uniting its Windows Phone software with its main hardware partners makes a lot of sense. Microsoft-Nokia Deal Proves … Read more