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Netizenship: The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

Are we headed backwards, to a media world that looks more like cable than the Internet? For Jonathan Zittrain, the iPhone is the enemy, Wikipedia is our friend, and our laptops are battle zones in a new war. By the time you’re done reading The Future of the Internet--and How to Stop It (Yale University Press), you’ll be looking at that iPhone with suspicion as well. Read more...

Fair Use Goes International: Israel

The highlight of my trip to the high-energy, high-touch DocAviv Documentary Film Festival was an open workshop on copyright and documentary, attended by about 35 filmmakers and a few lawyers. It shouldn’t have been surprising, but Israeli documentary filmmakers are just as frustrated and confused as U.S. makers used to be about what copyrighted material they must license and what they can just use. They’re just as eager to figure it out, and they’ve suddenly become poster children for Fair Use outside the U.S. Israeli law was just changed to incorporate U.S.-style Fair Use. Read more...

Avian Flu watch on Flickr

A new watch pool on Flickr allows the public to follow the Avian Flu pandemic and to share information and news through images.

The project is an example of the growing role that new web 2.0 tools hold in informing the public on important news from around the globe.Read more...

ICA Preconference: Remapping Public Media--registration still open until May 3

On May 22, the Center for Social Media will be sponsoring a preconference as part of the International Communication Associations yearly conference. It will build upon the Center for Social Media’s Mapping Public Media project, directed by 6. Clark heads up CSM's Future of Public Media project, funded by the Ford Foundation.Read more...

Success in Alternative Distribution

By Laurie Moy, Graduate Student, American University, School of Communication, International Media Program

For most directors, going from Hollywood to YouTube would be a demotion. But for Robert Greenwald the move from the silver screen to the computer screen was part of a "personal transformation."Read more...