Archive for July, 2003

Hoaxes online

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Snopes has debunked the 'hunting for Bambi' story reported, amongst elsewhere, in the Daily Illini.

Controversial Olympic plans

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

North European countries have expressed outrage at what they say are Greece's plans to license hundreds of brothels during next year's Athens Olympics. Ministers from Sweden, Norway, and four other countries claim the move will lead to the exploitation of women. They say brothels are incompatible with the Olympic ideal. ...

Population growth to 2050

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

FromInterWorld Radio: The population of southern Africa is expected to fall by nearly a quarter by the year 2050 because of AIDS, says a new study. A report by the Population Reference Bureau also says that India will overtake China as the world's most populous country. Central Africa is expected to ...

Media pieces in Salon

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

Salon has a number of new interesting pieces by Eric Boehlert on media, including a piece on LPFM that features interviews with Michael Bracy of the Low Power Radio Coalition and Pete Tridish of Prometheus. There's also one on the growing opposition to the FCC rule changes.

UK funds Irish language

Thursday, July 24th, 2003

The UK government has announced a fund for Irish language TV and film.

Hinchey amendment fails in House

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

According to the House website the Hinchey amendment failed at 7:35pm by 174 to 254. So 41 more votes would have carried it - pretty close, but not close enough. I'm still awaiting word of what the overall impact on the legislative campaign will be. There are separate moves being made ...

More detail on FCC-rule debate

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

An update at gives some more detail on the Congressional debate taking place:

Innovation in journalism rewarded

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism has announced the 5 shortlisted finalists for the new Batten Awards for innovations in journalism. From the J-Labs press release: "These newsrooms have really risen to the challenge of doing good, fundamental storytelling in fresh, exciting ways," said Bryan Monroe, chairman of the Batten Awards Advisory ...

FCC rules – showdown in Congress

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

I spent this afternoon in a bus on my way to Chicago, and when I got here and checked my mail I found that there have been some major developments in the campaign to roll back the FCC rule changes. According to Free Press: This afternoon, the House of Representatives ...

Public input to nanotechnology debates

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

I've just been passed an email from an organisation, the Loka Institute, that is pressing for Congress to mandate citizen panels on nanotechnology issues.Citizen panels are small groups of ordinary citizens, with no prior financial or ideological stake in an issue. The panels hear from content experts on all sides ...