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by Desiree Everts

Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Matt Stempeck

Along with the other free peoples of the Internet, we’ve been discussing our reactions to PRISM, and whether and how U.S. — and global — citizens might be able to organize against this unprecedented digital spying. There are more questions than answers at the moment, and there’s an enormous challenge of confronting a massive entity [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Rob McCausland

In recent years, “public service media” has emerged as the term describing all that’s right with public media, community media, and non-profit journalism, and how those three sectors could be collaborating to function more perfectly in a new telecommunications-reformed promised land. Largely overlooked in these future of media discussions are two types of simple, non-edited [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Joe Spurr

The information office of the highest court in Massachusetts just launched a new online registration process for citizens and news organizations wishing to use cameras and other electronic equipment to cover court hearings throughout the state. The process is a lead-in for amended courtroom media rules that become effective next month. Key changes to Rule [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Andrew Whitacre

The MIT Technology Review recently posted an article titled, “Campaigns to Track Voters with ‘Political Cookies.” It freaks me out for a reason I’ll get to below. From Technology Review: The technology involves matching a person’s web identity with information gathered about that person offline, including his or her party registration, voting history, charitable donations, [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Nate Smith

To bring key aid agencies together and help drive international response, the [SahelResponse.org](http://sahelresponse.org/) data-sharing initiative maps information about the ongoing food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa. More than 18 million people across the Sahel are at risk and in need of food assistance in the coming months, according to the United Nations. [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Juliana Rotich

At Ushahidi, we have interacted with various organizations around the world, and the key thing we remember from reaching out to some NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Kenya is that we faced a lot of resistance when we began in 2008, with organizations not willing to share data which was often in PDFs and not in [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

As Americans turn more to online news sources, a panel at this week’s SXSW Interactive conference will look at the Americans who aren’t going online for news. They are, among other things, often rural and poor. And that’s exactly the audience at which the OpenRural project is aiming. The panel was organized by Fiona Morgan, [...] more »

Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

Since the OpenRural project started in November, one of my primary efforts has been to lift the hood on the OpenBlock application itself and find the “unknown unknowns,” as a former defense secretary once said. We saw data go in, and maps and lists come out. But what happens inside the belly of the beast? [...] more »

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