Paul Lamb

by Paul Lamb

Jon Steward did a funny bit last night, referencing how the major news networks were forced to rely on the “hearsay” of Twitter and Facebook postings to understand the events unfolding in Iran. But with the State Department requesting that the good folks at Twitter delay their scheduled site maintenance to keep Tweets flowinng from [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

Following up on the Knight Commission’s work and musings on “community information needs in a democracy”, Mark glaser poses a much more targeted question which has yet to be fully addressed: “What is missing in terms of local community needs”? Most of the discussion in this area focuses on what you and might want in [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

In his “Are We Home Alone?” OpEd today New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says “I’ve never talked to more people in one week who told me, “You know, I listen to the news, and I get really depressed.” I feel the same way. It’s something I’ve wondered about for years…why people are willing to [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

A project billed as the “first-ever online network of ethnic citizen journalists” was launched last week in Los Angeles. Called LA Beez, the effort is a project of New America Media with support from the Ford Foundation. It brings together six L.A.-area ethnic media outlets with the goal of providing a more diverse representation of [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

I attended a conference on “Online Giving Marketplaces” at Stanford University this past week, which was a great gathering of online donation, volunteer, and social matchmaking sites like Kiva.org and GlobalGiving. The kind of organizations that are doing in the social service sector what sites like Prosper.com are doing in the commercial peer to peer [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

Thanks to massive adoption of blogging and other do-it-yourself Web 2.0 tools like Twitter we have seen an explosion in citizen journalism in recent years. That goes without saying on a blog like this. But there is a related trend emerging which is perhaps not so apparent. Lets (rather clumsily) call it Citizen Journateerism. Citizen [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

There is a great selection of new media information channels already to go even before Gustav has touched down in the U.S. These include: A Gustav Information Center on the social networking site Ning: A government Gustav Twitter feed A Gustav Wiki with centralized information: And a whole slew of live video feeds and news [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

There has been a lot of hype in mobile media circles about how the Summer Olympics are signaling a watershed moments in broadcasting and media access on the fly. According to Nielson, 23 per cent US and 17 per cent of UK mobile internet users will be tracking the games through their phone browser, and [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

I recently took another look at Organic City, a project launched in 2006 to provide residents of Oakland, California with a place to listen to and share stories about happenings in their respective neighborhoods or to take audio and video tours of the city – all created by locals. The stories are tagged to specific [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

Rather than trying to talk about what is being talked about and covered most on this blog, here’s another way of representing it: The above is a “word cloud” created on Wordle, a tool that sorts through text on a webpage, blog, or document and spits out a visual representation giving prominence to the most [...] more »