Archive for the ‘Online communication’ Category

Mastodon integration (test post)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

This site is now operating a plug-in that should integrate it with the #ActivityPub universe (the protocol used by Mastodon and other Fediverse tools). So this post should show up for those who choose to subscribe to us on #Mastodon, or who search for the hashtags #embedded in it. Once I ...

An end to the Free Music Archive

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Sorry to hear, courtesy of Radio Survivor, of the end of the Free Music Archive. It's worth listening to the Radio Survivor podcast in full, as it goes into some detail on the development, and the context within which the Archive was developed, and in which this latest development occurs. The ...

Compare and contrast

Friday, April 20th, 2012

People think I'm completely evil and what I'm doing is completely immoral, but at the end of the day I feel like I'm just educating people on technology. That's Hunter Moore, founder of 'revenge porn' site IsAnyOneUp, as quoted by the BBC. Compare that with the rationale provided for an 'art' ...

Mobile operators seek to block Skype in Sweden – The Local

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

VoIP software, like Skype, is a challenge for traditional telephony operators, who now have income from providing digital bandwidth, but are losing higher-margin operations, such as voice calls. Good to see the European Commission stand up for network neutrality on this one: According to the European Commission, maintaining "net neutrality" – ...

The interplay of copyright and creativity – a Storify collection

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I've recently started playing around with Storify. In the piece embedded below, I'm gathering together various different snippets concerning the interplay of copyright and creativity.

The perils of poor copy-editing

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

This article about PhoneDog's suing of a former employee, Noah Kravitz, over his twitter account is interesting in itself (they're claiming rights to the account followers, as a customer list, and seeking compensation on that basis). However, what caught my eye was the claim in the RTÉ sub-heading that Kravitz ...

Global Facebook subject to Irish Data Protection rules

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Turns out that all Facebook user accounts, outside of the US and Canada, are overseen by its European headquarters in Ireland. That means that it's subject to Irish data protection rules, and the Irish data protection commissioner has now launched an investigation. This is one to watch.

Lessons from Chile: workers’ rights, safety

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Posted on the BBC's live coverage of the miners' rescue effort in Chile: Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, a former Ghanian miner and head of a miners' rights lobby group, tells BBC Focus on Africa that African mining could learn valuable lessons from Chile's experience. "It is a wake up call for all of ...

Media Participation at IAMCR2010

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Sitting in on my first IAMCR session - past of the Participatory Communication theme. Interesting to see some of the techniques used to facilitate participation in news programming, in particular. Currently watching a presentation about PeoPo in Taiwan. Nice schematic by the presenter, explicating the different ways in which users ...

In Portugal, web radio gains while digital radio stalls

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

More grist to the mill of those hammering home the failure of digital terrestrial radio forms, this time from a Portuguese-language article by Nair Prata in Studies in Communication: Como acontece no Brasil, a webradio vem ganhando forc¸ a e presenc¸ a em Portugal, ao contrário do rádio digital, que apenas ...