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Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003

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Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:58:46 +0000

Remember Mastodon? In April 2017, there was a wave of excitement about Mastodon, a federated social network begun in October 2016 by Eugen Rochko, a 24-year old German software engineer, as an alternative to Twitter. Recent news about CloudFlare’s decision … Continue reading

Mistrust, Efficacy and the New Civics – a whitepaper for the Knight Foundation

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:45:39 +0000

When things get serious in the media space, my friends at the Knight Foundation rally the troops. Last week, I was invited to a workshop Knight held with the Aspen Institute on trust, media and democracy in America. I prepared … Continue reading

The Village of Peace. And Coca. Lots of Coca.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:06:10 +0000

A year ago, I had the opportunity to go to Colombia for the first time, as part of a delegation from Open Society Foundation. We were trying to understand the affects Colombia’s long guerilla war had on the society and … Continue reading

Defining(?) Disobedience

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:02:09 +0000

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is fond of saying that you don’t win a Nobel Prize by following the rules. Until Joi, Reid Hoffman and I started working to craft the Media Lab’s $250,000 Disobedience Award, I … Continue reading

Seeing Haiti: a photo essay

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:41:28 +0000

Imagine a nation with a noble and proud history, but a rough last century. It was occupied by a massive, powerful neighbor to the north, who undermined its political system and land ownership to benefit its national commercial interests. Soon … Continue reading

Stop saying “fake news”. It’s not helping.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:32:33 +0000

One bit of good news for those thoroughly freaked out by the Trump presidency: there’s anger, passion and drive on the left that’s unprecedented in recent memory. Two weekends ago, my girlfriend, a veteran of Occupy Houston, warned me that … Continue reading

It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:51:31 +0000

In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that … Continue reading

Protected: Getting beyond “fake news”

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:28 +0000

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The Four Freedoms, in 2017

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:36:31 +0000

I spoke this afternoon at a rally in Pittsfield, Massachusetts my (almost) hometown (I live one town north, in Lanesboro.) The rally honored the four freedoms, articulated in his 1941 state of the union address by FDR: freedom of speech, … Continue reading

Race, Fame and Ability: untangling media coverage of NFL QBs

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:43:48 +0000

Some research from our lab, the Center for Civic Media, because it’s fun and something I’m glad we produced. In the US, NFL football is more than a sport – it’s a stage on which broader national dramas play out. … Continue reading