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Public Media 2.0 and the Obama Administration

What should the Obama administration do to promote public media 2.0? One good idea, which the presidential transition team already appears to take seriously, is to vastly increase the broadband capacity of the country. The U.S. sadly lags many other advanced industrial countries in broadband, which is hampering a transition to a fully interactive media environment. Other good ideas surfaced in the transition team's discussions, including some that we at the Center have passed on to the team. Read more...

Burma VJ and Citizen Journalism: Pro-am Public Media

One of my personal favorites at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam was Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country. It tracks the extraordinary work of Burmese citizen journalists who broke the story of the "Saffron Revolution," as it is sometimes called—that is, the uprising against the generals of 2007. Read more...

Great Women at IDFA, Inspiring NextGen Public Media Makers

For 21 years, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam has been a place to watch an extraordinary range of documentary films, which are an item in most European cultural ministry’s budgets. More, it’s been a place to meet annually with far-flung colleagues, buy and sell both finished work and work in progress, and to learn about cutting-edge practices. Read more...

European Filmmakers and Fair Use

As U.S. documentary filmmakers have increasingly benefited from the copyright doctrine of Fair Use, European documentary filmmakers have cast about for how to similarly benefit. The trouble is, instead of the broad and flexible Fair Use doctrine, the many European nations instead have a variety of specific and inflexible exceptions and limitations. Read more...