Journalism agenda: ” SMART News Agency is telling stories from Syria in virtual reality…

How SMART News Agency is telling stories from Syria in virtual reality Journalism.co.uk ‘We are doing VR also for credibility, because you let the viewer be the witness inside Syria’ Inside Infomagical, Note to Self’s crowdsourcing project to find out how people deal with information overload Journalism.co.uk Using audio, voicemails and texts, Infomagical is a five-day experiment … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “On the anthropology of climate change….

On the anthropology of climate change Eurozine articles by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Dasa Licen Mainstream literature on globalization tends not to take the uniqueness of each locality seriously enough, says Thomas Hylland Eriksen. He explains how the anthropology of climate change is responding to the need for an analysis of the global situation seen from below. … Read more

Nice piece: Encrypting Ethnography: Digital Security for Researchers- Anthropology roundup…

Encrypting Ethnography: Digital Security for Researchers Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology (This invited post comes to us from Jonatan Kurzwelly. Jonatan is a a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of St. Andrews. You can email him atkurzwelly@mailbox.org . his PGP fingerprint is: 1B4B 89B4 DD31 B05E 949A E181 B51C CA99 2FD6 6382 -Rex) Imagine … Read more

Journalism agenda: “Twitter and Google are reportedly allying (against Facebook “Instant Articles”

Twitter and Google are reportedly launching their own version of “Instant Articles” Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman Google and Twitter are joining the growing group of tech companies looking to optimize publishers’ content for mobile devices. This fall, the two companies are planning an launching an open-source product that’s similar to Facebook’s Instant Articles, Recode’s … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: A report on The future of wearables…

The future of wearables: report The Next Web by Andrew Levy There have been a lot of changes to the mobile platform landscape in recent months. Innovative reimaginings of the way we connect with the world, new products and undeniably out-of-the-box features have made it an exciting time for consumers and the industry alike. Library Suspends Tor … Read more

Journalism agenda: A CIA agent sentenced to 42 months for leaking to NYT…

CIA’s Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to 42 Months for Leaking to New York Times Journalist – The Intercept firstlook.org – Peter Maass – May 11, 7:53 AM – Alexandria, VA — Jeffrey Sterling, a CIA agent convicted of sharing classified information with a New York Times reporter, was sentenced today to three and a half years … Read more

Journalism agenda: BBC report on the Future of News…

Future of News: News v Noise In this digital age where information inequality is growing, the news industry is having to rethink the way it will keep everyone informed. Continue reading the main story By the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding. The war on leaks has gone way too far when … Read more

Journalism roundup: Spain’s “Ancillary Copyright” Law leads to closure of Google News in Spain…

Google News abandons Spain in paid content row Spain’s government Thursday defied Google’s vow to shut down its Spanish online news service in protest at being made to pay for content, in its latest legal clash in Europe. Google News to shut down in Spain following new copyright law  The Next Web by Owen Williams A new … Read more

Americana roundup: JFK Assassination…USA loses voting rights in UNESCO…

JFK Assassination: National Archives Reveal Another Side to the Story Friday marks 50 years since the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the days leading up to this anniversary may feel a bit like diving headfirst into an icy ocean of Camelot myth. Truth, analysis and conjecture will each get their due, but it will … Read more

A map of closed US embassies and consulates due to Al-Qaeda threat.. An Americana roundup…

************** The Troubling Takeaway from Snowden’s Leaks: America Is Drowning in Secrets With his slow, steady stream of leaked NSA documents, Edward Snowden is offering a glimpse into what President Obama’s pledge of transparent government might have looked like — had he chosen to deliver on it. Members of Congress denied access to basic details … Read more

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