Category Archives: Sharing

SOPA: Another country’s legislation messing with my Internet

I know I’m not alone on this, but Sopa really ticks me off.

The Guardian did a great explainer of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). But basically, the goal is to limit online piracy, especially when it comes to movie and music files. Seems reasonable enough.

But it goes way, way too far – entire domains, like Wikipedia, WordPress, YouTube and Facebook, can be shut down if any of their sites’ content is pirated.  Given the vast amount of content these sites provide – essentially a free information exchange, the bill is not unreasonable, it’s archaic.

One analyst provided this metaphor: “Imagine lawmakers saw that bank robbers are using getaway cars, so they banned all cars to cut down on robberies.”

In protest, some websites have gone black, to show the world what it would be like without them in it. Mashable.com has a selection of screenshots of black pages.

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The open newsroom: Letting the community be the editor

Okay, so not all editors are like J. Jonah Jameson, the Spiderman-hating,  cigar-touting, shouting boss constantly looking for the latest spidey scoop.

Lately, I’ve noticed that a few news organizations have decided that not all editors should be in the office, like Mr. Jameson at The Daily Bugle. (And that’s as far as I’ll be taking this Peter Parker analogy…)

The Open Newsroom and community involvement is one of the biggest parts of the digital news evolution, and it’s fascinating to think where this may lead.

Of course there’s Canadian startup Openfile, which is a completely community-driven enterprise, with stories suggested by readers. It was heralded when it launched in May of 2010 as a whole new way of thinking about news.

And let’s be honest, we have to change the way we think about news, and we have to involve our community.

We’re no longer just reporting stories, we’re sharing them. And by getting our community involved in the process, they become a part of the organization.

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We tried a Google+ hangout and it didn’t suck (in fact, it was awesome)

Today, we went way out of our comfort zone, and tried something (quite publicly) with no idea of its success.

We hung out on Google+, and talked about the platform and how news agencies should use it.

I was a little nervous, I’ll admit. I had no idea how it was going to go.

Within minutes, we (Online editor Roberta Pennington and I) got into a groove – it was an honest discussion about Google+ and how hangouts can be used.

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