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Crowdsourcing poll-watching

As concerns about miscounted or undercounted votes have begun to swirl around, a number of groups are launching crowd-powered poll monitoring projects:

On Twitter, Andy Carvin from NPR notes that he's testing out a tag—#votereport—that Twitterers can use to report voting irregularities. (UPDATE: More information on this effort—which will include a map featuring real-time tweets re. voting problems—here.)Read more...

Campaign videos--Fair Use, not infringement

Political campaigns have been busily clipping out snippets of news coverage and building them into campaign videos. And the TV networks have just as busily been sending demands to YouTube and other video sites to remove those videos as violation of copyright. Only problem: they’re not violations of copyright. They’re fully within the umbrella of Fair Use—the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment in some cases. Learn more at the Center’s Fair Use site. Read more...

Talking Points Memo: from participatory to public media?

A transcript of Joshua Micah Marshall's keynote speech at the inaugural symposium of the Park Center for Independent Media offers some interesting clues about how open online platforms allow individual media producers to serve public media functions.Read more...

Torturing Democracy postscript: WETA to air controversial documentary tonight

According to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler, after the New York Times covered the controversy, officials at WETA announced late yesterday that they'd run the film today. Getler explains:

Normally, programs that are approved by PBS are distributed to all affiliates as part of the National Programming Service. Read more...

Public broadcasting stations pick up the ball on Torturing Democracy

Last night, a number of public broadcast stations around the country began airing Torturing Democracy, a documentary exploring harsh interrogation of prisoners in U.S. custody. But Current notes that PBS has not responded to inquiries about why they refused to run the film nationally until after the current adminstration leaves office. Read more...