Category Archives: Digital Communication

Google Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

As you look back on 2012, let’s look forward to 2013.


Research shows those who write down their resolutions are more likely to stick with them, so the folks at Google are offering a little help. The search engine giant has rolled out a new interactive way to share goals online and keep tabs on what everyone else is aiming for in 2013.

The Google Zeitgeist Resolutions page allows you to add and browse New Year’s resolutions posted from across the globe. The resolutions are run through Google Translate, so they can be read in your native language and are filtered by category, from love and career to health and finances.

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Although many focus on exercising and spending more time with family, others include “get a puppy” (California), “work less, earn more” (South Africa) and “quit smoking” (Russia). We spotted a “grow a mustache” resolution in there too.

To add to the 2013 resolution map, a prompt on the page asks for your resolution, postal code and country name. The submission should be added to the digital map in 24 to 48 hours.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments below.

via Mashable

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Chasing sustainability on the net

An analysis of 69 journalism startups in 10 countries finds no Holy Grail, but a lot of revenue ideas in action.

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Many journalists invest their future hopes in the idea of the paywall — the notion of readers paying directly for access to online content sounds tempting for an industry struggling to find revenue. But finding journalistic startups who make a profit by selling original content directly to an audience is a challenge.

Our international research project, Sustainable Business Models for Journalism (, built case studies of 69 startups in 10 countries and found only a handful startups where charging for content was a significant part of their business model.

So if it’s not paywalls, how are the world’s journalistic startups making money online? Our research project looked for answers from three continents. We found that revenue sources differed quite remarkably from country to country — an indication that there are lessons to be learned across boundaries.

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Via Nieman Journalism Lab

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10 Tactics Remixed

Exposing the Ridiculous – Exploring the truth – Mobilising for Action


- Wikileaks
- A Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
- Syrian puppets making fun of Bashar al-Assad
- The Arab Revolutions
- Balloons mapping deforestation in Chile
- Lewd Grass Mud Horses in China
- The Occupy Movement
- The Stop Online Piracy Act

How many things on this list can you identify? If they seem disconnected, why are they all there? 10 Tactics Remixed is about joining the dots.

In recent years activists have been collecting information to monitor and report on the state, corporations and powerful social institutions. They’ve experimented with tactics like visualising evidence, culture jamming and remixing to expose the absurdities of official speech, and radical forms of organising and mobilising that the digital environment makes possible. This website aims to document these recent trends and developments in information-activism through stories of advocacy and campaigns from around the world.


10 Tactics Remixed is also a new iteration of 10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action, a project and a film that Tactical Tech launched in 2009 to document how information and information technologies were being used in activist campaigns around the world. Now ‘Remixed’ reflects on some of the key campaigns, debates, and politics which have emerged in the field of information-activism in the last two years.

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10 Tactics Remixed is organised in terms of tactics being used by information activists; each tactic is circumscribed by a sampling of recent ‘snapshot stories’ from around the world. We’ve also included longer articles that draw out some bigger political questions emerging from each tactic and the use of information technologies. Each of the snapshot stories and longer pieces come with a list of further reading, videos, links and images to help you delve in further and learn more.

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Sound Ecology – Web Doc

“web doc puts noise pollution in perspective: Sonic trash or treasure?”

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It’s hard for us to all agree on what sounds good. “Montreal must manage its ‘sonic trash”, reads a slogan that unites the Saint-Lambert Citizens Against Noise Pollution. The suburban group opposes the not-always-dulcet tones that emanate all summer from Parc Jean-Drapeau, home to the thunderous roar of F1 racing and the heartbeat of festival life in Montreal.

“Cities are the most polluted soundscapes, and this raises public health issues. Urban soundscapes are also diverse, lively and stimulating,” says Hugues Sweeney, a director and advisor for Écologie sonore, a new French-language web documentary by the NFB that exposes the scale of noise pollution, explores many perspectives on it and invites us to fine-tune our senses.
“There are no regulations at the provincial or national level around sound pollution, only municipal laws that prohibit rowdiness after 11 p.m. and ban clubs from being situated in proximity to residents,” says Sweeney.


The interactive website, made by a formidable team that includes artistic director Nicolas Saint-Cyr, sound designer Freeworm (Vincent Letellier of The National Parcs), videographer Alexandra Guité and environmental researcher Mathieu Régnier, takes visitors on an immersive tour of four soundscapes – city, suburb, nature and, finally, hermitage.

“We live in an image-driven culture, but sound and music make up our identities. Sound is emotive: It’s language, and forms our identity. This project was a way to discuss and make public this topic – a pretext for a social discussion around sound and noise pollution.”

It also explains why this online project aims to refine how we listen. Take this “ear clearing” exercise, as Sweeney calls it, for an example:
“Leave your home. Stand still for five minutes. Listen. Then, on sheet of paper, write down everything you heard. Our soundscape is one of the best descriptors of our time, place and culture.”

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Youtube and the future of TV

Think of watching a YouTube video. What kind of screen pops into your head?

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The Chances are you thought of your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet before you imagined flopping down in front of a YouTube video on your widescreen TV in the den.

But that’s an attitude YouTube is desparate to change — and TV makers are eager to help them out. A number of sets launching at CES 2013 this week in Las Vegas — including sets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony — offer the video service’s recently launched “send to TV” feature.

This lets you pair an Android phone with a TV on the same Wi-Fi network, and cue up videos using the YouTube app as your remote. Sony and Samsung apps on some recently-sold TVs already work with the feature, as do TV apps on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U consoles. Google TV not required. (Controls in the iOS YouTube app are coming soon.)

And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. During interviews at YouTube HQ in San Bruno, Calif., the company tried its best to convince Mashable that a Minority Report-style future — one where the majority of us will simply flick videos off our phone screens and have them appear on our TVs, without a second thought — was just around the corner.

“We’re trying to build this infrastructure that scales everywhere from watching 1080p HD-quality video on your TV all the way down to using a dial-up modem in a developing country,” says Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube director of product management. “We’d like to be all things video, and that means getting video into all places” — with your smartphone replacing your remote or your game controller.


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via Mashable

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Computational Thinking in the 21st Century

One of the things teachers (and parents) will need to know more about is the concept of computational thinking.

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Smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other gadgets will be given as gifts to spread the holiday cheer, putting more computational power in the hands of people of all ages and walks of life than ever before. Walk into any toy section, and you’ll see tablets, games, and accessories designed for toddlers. Many little ones have not known a world without a “computing device”. Although not all children will grow up to be computer scientists, they will need to be prepared during their school years for an increasingly technology-infused society.
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Start to create great video content and define your Strategies on Youtube

The third Creator Playbook is out now!!!
Start to create great video content and define your Strategies on Youtube

The Creator Playbook is not a collection of rules or guaranteed ‘tricks’ to get more views. Instead, it presents best practices, optimization tips, and suggested strategies for building audience and engagement on YouTube. We’ve tried to frame our suggestions and tips to encourage a variety of uses and to encourage creators to innovate and develop their own approach.


The Creator Playbook is structured into three sections: Programming, Optimization, and Community. Each section presents several optimizations or strategies for building engaged audiences on YouTube. These best practices are explained in stages to help you understand each point and guide you through taking action.

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Mediactive – Media Literacy and Information

We are in a media-saturated age, more so all the time, and we need to find ways to use media to our — and our society’s — best advantage. Here a combination of website plus book and much more.

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The Future of Digital Journalism

There is a framed movie poster sitting on a radiator in my office almost directly across from my desk. I can’t help but see it every day, all the time. It’s an original “one-sheet” (creases and all) that was used in theaters to promote All the President’s Men, the tale of Watergate, Richard Nixon, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. I was a reporter for the University of Iowa student newspaper back then. It’s why I got into the news business — and probably why I’m still in it today.

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Is the iPad Really the Savior of the Newspaper Industry?

Even before the iPad was revealed, analysts, pundits and the publishing industry were already heralding the tablet as the platform that would save the industry from declining readership and dropping revenue.

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