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Google as Big Brother?

Longtime public interest advocate Jeffrey Chester, of the Center for Digital Democracy, has written a provocative op-ed in The Nation about Google as the dubious guardian of the public interest in communication. He points to Google's rapid acquisition of other media and communications companies, and its core strategy of developing data-mining into an art that serves advertisers. Read more...

Youtube as Public Media?

Can commercial platforms serve public purposes? Can they help non-commercial media raise money? Here's an experiment to keep your eye on. YouTube is trying to attract nonprofits, offering them the chance to create channels free of charge and collect donations with Google Checkout without service fees. Non-profits can upload public service announcements, footage of their work, and calls to action on the YouTube Nonprofit Program. The video sharing website also plans on creating a location on its site where users can browse all the non-profit channels. Read more...

Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media: A Speaker Series

The Center for Social Media proudly presents Foreign Correspondence and the Future of Public Media, a series that addresses the future of reliable, sober, unbiased information from abroad at a time when our nation is engaged in two foreign wars -- and when the number of mainstream foreign correspondents is actually diminishing.

The series, organized by AU’s Bill Gentile, is comprised of internationally-recognized foreign correspondents. Each speaker brings unique and valuable insight into the current state of foreign correspondence, and especially its future. Read more...

Fair Use and the Numbers

By Pat Aufderheide
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