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The deceitful promise of freedom

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:52:15 PDT

There’s a very powerful essay by Hossein Derakhshan on Medium about the Internet wasteland. It’s particularly poignant coming from someone who spent several years in jail as a result of his activities online: # “I can’t close my eyes to what’s happening: A loss of intellectual power and diversity, and on the great potentials it could have … Continue reading The deceitful promise of freedom



Who is in charge of the global economy – us or them?

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:13:28 PDT

I’ve always looked up to independent-minded people who can strike a balance between operating within ‘the system’ and changing it through their work, particularly when that work is in the public interest. # Vivienne Westwood is such a person. # I met her recently to discuss working together, and she didn’t disappoint. She began the … Continue reading Who is in charge of the global economy – us or them?


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The future is privileged information

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:09:04 PDT

There is an increasingly obvious pattern explaining how the Internet works at scale, and it seems like it could shed light on how future Internet activity will unfold. # Here’s how it works: # A new media model on the Internet enables exciting new ways for people to share information and to communicate. As the … Continue reading The future is privileged information



Sustainable journalism beyond the limits of our understanding

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 03:00:58 PDT

“When will micropayment technologies be good enough to buy articles?” # This was a question posed at a journalism event recently. # I was really surprised to hear it. # I wasn’t sure whether to list the many technologies and examples of places where it has been tried and failed over the last 15+ years … Continue reading Sustainable journalism beyond the limits of our understanding



The Internet’s precarious state of openness

Wed, 20 May 2015 11:15:20 PDT

The state of the open Internet and the role of journalism in the world is more precarious than I understood just a few months ago. It’s easy to focus on your day-to-day agenda and forget to look up sometimes. # This view crystalized for me while attending UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in Latvia, a country with … Continue reading The Internet’s precarious state of openness



Google’s deal with publishers is good for journalism

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:09:23 PDT

One year ago today we published the first community-powered issue of Contributoria. # Very proud to announce the first community-powered issue of @contributoria. http://t.co/FJew4zegdf # — Contributoria (@contributoria) March 1, 2014 # We’ve now produced 12 issues using the same model but instead of a handful writers we’re now supporting thousands. # There was a … Continue reading A marketplace for journalism



Journalism is more than a customer acquisition strategy

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:35:40 PST

The many media channels that have blossomed so dramatically over the past few years now provide fantastic fuel for supporting journalism in the world. # While this is a good thing, generally, it’s important to recognize that the business models supporting many of these media channels are optimized for something other than journalism and its … Continue reading Journalism is more than a customer acquisition strategy



A medium without a message is an empty vessel

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:56:24 PST

Evan Williams shared some interesting insights about the things that Medium doesn’t consider important. # It’s a good read. He breaks down some of the metrics that have come to dominate the way people in the digital media industry view success. # tl;dr Being big is not everything. # In the media world revenue is predicated on … Continue reading A medium without a message is an empty vessel