Tag: ethics

by Craig Newmark

OK, I really just want news I can trust. Couple years ago, I blurted out that “the press should be the immune system of democracy.” Personally, I really don’t like being lied to, but my deal here is that our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

At the National Conference on Media Reform earlier this month, a topic I heard repeated in panel after panel was the diversity of voices. Media consolidation, industry cutbacks, and political repression are among the threats to reporting on and by independent and diverse perspectives around the world. The videos we see on a regular basis […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Have you ever stumbled upon a really entertaining ad? It was funny, entertaining, maybe even enlightening, and you even passed it around to friends to check out. That’s the hope behind the movement of “native advertising,” a spruced up version of “sponsored content” that appears not in ad slots but right in the editorial well. […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

The decision last month by CBS to bar its tech news site subsidiary, CNET, from reviewing certain products felt like an old-school case in media ethics, a classic example of editorial independence subverted by corporate influence. But a longer lens shows that in embracing one ethos presented by the digital age, CBS ran smack into […] more »

by Henk van Ess

The new Facebook Graph Search, currently in beta and only available to some, is a powerful search engine capable of revealing and uncovering incredibly detailed information about you, your friends and total strangers. It allows you to search for fun facts like “Former actors who are currently employed as waiters,” “Which games do Dutch Defense […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage in warfare these days. The U.S. sends them over countries where it would prefer not to send ground troops, and the military can fire missiles by remote control. But is there a place for UAVs in the media world? You can imagine journalists in war […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Welcome to the 65th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. The big news is News Corp. shutting the tablet-only publication The Daily, which was losing millions and not gaining enough traction. What did they learn from that experiment? Our show is largely about science, with a look at […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When a story broke last week that news and gossip site TMZ had applied for a permit to put a drone in the air, the piece leapt to the top of the Drudge Report, as minds began to spin with visions of robot copters hovering over celebrities’ every move. The report turned out to be […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Here are some questions to test your view about the importance of media ethics. In developing countries, where news media struggle to survive, how relevant is talk of ethics? When economic and political problems stagger news media, is it worthwhile to talk principles and ideal aims? Here are two views. Hard-nosed, realist view: Ethics comes […] more »

by Sameer Padania

Facial recognition technology is now just about everywhere we are. It’s in our phones, social networks, and media management, and this itself carries vast implications. (See this post about how the technology works, where it is, and how legislators and regulators are reacting to it.) But it’s also increasingly used by law enforcement and for […] more »