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Braving the New Frontier - Ford Foundation Public Media Grantees breaking new ground

In an initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, The Center is part of a group of nonprofit organizations with a common goal: to push forward into the future of public media. Here’s what some of our partners are up to this month:
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Braving the New Frontier - Ford Foundation Public Media Grantees breaking new ground

In an initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, The Center is part of a group of nonprofit organizations with a common goal: to push forward into the future of public media. Here’s what some of our partners are up to this month:

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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...