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Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media
Clark, Jessica; Van Slyke, Tracy
Book
2010
According to the authors, a new breed of networked progressive media are informing and engaging millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political ...
Champions Of Democracy - From Fake News To Imposed Insanity
Article
2018
While social media is largely blamed for the proliferation of 'fake news', it is through social media where the corporate media commentariat are exposed. Readers are now at last able to see some ratio...
A Coalition of Scientists Keeps Watch on the U.S. Government's Climate Data
Brown, Alleen
Article
2017
Via memos leaked to the press, rogue tweets, and unnamed agency sources, the public learned of growing pressure on federal employees to avoid sharing their scientific work. Meanwhile, small but signif...
The conspiracy to censor the Internet
Article
2017
The political representatives of the American ruling class are engaged in a conspiracy to suppress free speech. Under the guise of combating "trolls" and "fake news" supposedly controlled by Russia, t...
Cowardly New World: Alternative Media Under Attack by Algorithms
Sonnenblume, Kollibri terre
Article
2017
An insidious assault is underway against alternative media on the internet. Leftist and progressive websites have been suffering significant declines in traffic. Some have had online income sources cu...
Digital Revolutions: Activism in the Internet Age
Hill, Symon
Book
2013
Symon Hill on the role of the Internet in activism and social change.
Facebook: A Cooperative Transformation
Morrison, Roy
Article
2018
Facebook represents a standard for a global model of concentration of wealth and power in the 21st century, joined by companies like Google, Amazon, and Uber. Entrepreneurs with computer skills and go...
Facebook Facts: Finding Friends and Foes
Blackadder, Derek
Article
2008
Unions and workers are making much use of the latest web fad: social networking sites. But are sites like Facebook really adding anything to our ability to organize? If yes, how, exactly? And where ar...
Facebook and the Rise of Anti-Social Media
Urie, Rob
Article
2018
For those who haven't thought about it, the internet is insidious because of the very capacity that Cambridge Analytica claims to be able to exploit: customization. Users have limited ability to confi...
Failed Cuban "Twitter" Project Designed By U.S. Government Contractors
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2014
ZunZuneo - a now defunct social media platform similar to Twitter – was designed to undermine the Cuban government by two private contractors: Creative Associates International (CAI) from Washington D...
Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: Underresearched and overhyped
Dutton, William H.
Article
2017
In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to...
First they came for Alex Jones. Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site
Article
2018
Days after the purge of Alex Jones from social media, Big Tech seems to have found another suitable target for apparent censorship. Facebook suspended the page of a prominent leftist news site writing...
Frequently Asked Questions about Sources
Article
2009
SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, authors and researchers with the sources they need for their work. SOURCES spotlights organizations, institutions, government agencies, c...
The Gatekeepers Aren't Gone
Figlerowicz, Marta
Article
2016
Viral content seems democratic. But it's still mostly controlled by big media companies.
Helping you reach the media: How Sources can help you get more and better media coverage
Article
2009
Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity ...
How can environmental activists use social media? Part 1
Perrone, Alessio
Article
2018
Environmental activists and NGOs spend a considerable amount of time Facebook posting and Tweeting. But the best use of social networks is about what you want to achieve. Alessio Perrone spoke to some...
How can environmental activists use social media? Part 2
Perrone, Alessio
Article
2018
Environmentalist activists and major NGOs all spend a considerable amount of time on social media - as an immediate and direct connection to the public. But to what effect?
How can environmental activists use social media? Part 3
Perrone, Alessio
Article
2018
Has Twitter jumped the shark? Is Facebook now MySpace? Should environmental activists bother with social media - and does the Cambridge Analytica scandal mean we should boycott?
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 19 2014: Spying, terrorism, and protest
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
Coverage of spying, terrorism, and protest. Articles on how the ISIS (Islamic State group) comes to be using American weapons; the U.S. government's secret plans to spy for American corporations; the ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 29, 2015: Land seizures and land take-overs
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices focuses on the issue of land seizures and land take-overs. Also included: Greece's solidarity movement, and the challenges and opportunities it faces after the election of a...
Ours to Hack and To Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision For the Future Of Work and A Fairer Internet
Scholz, Trebor; Schneider, Nathan
Book
2016
The activists who have put together Ours to Hack and to Own argue for a new kind of online economy: platform cooperativism, which combines the rich heritage of cooperatives with the promise of 21st-ce...
PublicitySources.com
Website
2017
A web portal featuring publicity and PR resources, including articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A...
Rebels Without a Cause: The Assault on Academic Freedom
Vigo, Julian
Article
2017
Examining current academic culture which falsely labels "words as violence" and how it is affecting acedemic freedom, notably by some who think of themselves as being on the left, who are employing t...
Social Networking and the Death of the Internet: How Do You "Like" That?
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
Social Networking is, by its nature, a capture environment. The companies that offer the services, particularly Facebook, host your site and control all the information on it. Facebook — a group of li...
Surveillance Self-Defense
Website
2018
Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveill...
The War Against "Fake News" is a War on Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2018
Barely a day passes without a new development in the war on social media -- that is, the war on us. Today, it is a report that Twitter has emailed hundreds of thousands of its users, warning them that...
Why Do We Expose Ourselves?
Taylor, Astra
Article
2016
Among critics of technological surveillance, there are two allusions so commonplace they have crossed into the realm of cliché. One, as you have probably already guessed, is George Orwell's Big Brothe...
With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent's James Bloodworth reported last week, "...

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Advice and Tips for Nonprofits on Social Media
Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com
This is an instructional guide for non-profits to improve their online presence via social media. This guide is helpful for small businesses and non-profits in the beginning and intermediate developme...
Alternative Media
Introduction to the November 27, 2016 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
2016
It's no wonder that the mainstream media are widely distrusted, and even held in contempt, by many people. They are seen, rightly, as part of the neoliberal system people are increasingly rejecting. O...
Authorities turn their sights on microblogging
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new crackdown in China on social-networking tools, especially microblogging services.
The Before, During, and After of a Social Media Customer Service Strategy
Sources News Release
2012
Using social media as a customer service tool is not a revelation these days. We have all seen customer service representatives from big name brands on Twitter. But these one-off initiatives rarely pr...
#BrusselsLockdown - When a hashtag is hijacked
Seminova, Janina
2015
When police in Belgium asked Brussels locals to stop tweeting about police activities, they accidentally started a grassroots campaign that ended up destroying a hashtag. The culprit: cat pictures.
Censorship not a solution to terrorism, IFJ & Pakistan media reject guidelines
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expresses its strong concern over new press guidelines for Pakistan's television and print media.
Cybersex
Cybersex, also called computer sex, Internet sex, netsex, mudsex, TinySex and, colloquially, cybering, is a virtual sex encounter in which two or more persons connected remotely via computer network s...
Digital occupation: What's behind Israel's social media in Arabic
Alsaafin, Linah
2018
Israeli social media accounts in Arabic aim to normalise Israel's occupation and whitewash its image, Palestinians say.
Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity
Big Brother is watching...
Walker, Shaun
2016
FindFace, new app developed by 26-year-old Artem Kukarenko and 29-year-old Alexander Kabakov,compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliabili...
Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored
Greenwald, Glenn
2016
Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese "Napalm Girl" on the ground that it violated the company's b...
From Sources: More tools for getting your messages out
Sources News Release
2009
Sources members can benefit from media training, free news release postings and calendar listings, and they can include their books in the Sources Bookshelf. It's all at www.sources.com, where you'll ...
Getting your story into the media
2009
Stories are the heart and soul of the media. Journalism is about telling stories, and good stories require sources # human contacts, the people who provide informed comment and expertise, the people w...
Have new social media made 'traditional' media obsolete?
2009
New media provide additional channels for getting messages out, but they don't make older media obsolete. The task is of public relations is to reach people through the media they use. In an increasin...
It's Complicated
The Social Lives of Networked Teens
boyd, danah
2014
In It's Complicated, danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media.
The Last Original Idea
A Cynic's View of Internet Marketing
K'necht, Alan; Rockstein, Geri
2010
Marketing Internships - Toronto
Sources News Release
2009
Sources offers a four- to six-month unpaid marketing internships in Toronto. Tasks may include web-based marketing, social networking, identifying and contacting prospective clients, web page design, ...
Millennials and Political News
Mitchel, Amy; Gottfried, Jeffrey; Matsa, Katerina
2015
Obama has often been dubbed 'the first social media president' but this title has more implications than you think. This report looks at the sources of political news across generations. Spoiler alert...
Omani authorities persecute online activists
Sources News Release
2015
The frequency with which bloggers and social network users are arrested and convicted in the Sultanate of Oman reflects the appalling state of online freedom of information and expression there.
Online PR and Social Media for Experts, Authors, Consultants, and Speakers
Develop your reputation, get found, and attract a following
Craig, Randall M.
2009
Simple Tools to Sort the Tweets from the Trash
van Ess, Henk
2014
In this first part of a three-part series, social media and web research specialist Henk van Ess provides some practical hints for how to de-clutter your Twitter stream and keep your timeline relevant...
Social Media
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Social Media and Investigative Journalism
Nazakat, Syed
2012
In this extract from the new book The Social Media (R)evolution: Asian Perspectives on New Media, ICIJ member Syed Nazakat outlines different ways investigative reporters are harnessing social media a...
Social Media for Academics
Rupp, Sharon
2016
An introduction to Mark Carrigan’s how-to guide, Social Media for Academics, with its lessons on how to be aware of your audience.
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Gallagher, Ryan
2013
Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups.
Sources gives you powerful tools to help you stand out from the crowd
2009
An overview of how you can use SOURCES to amplify your message. SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, writers, producers and researchers with the sources they need for their ...
S0urces Twitter
2010
Sources.com, the place to find experts & sources. Reach the media with your message, send out news releases, publicize events, raise your profile, spotlight your expertise, get publicity. Follow @S0ur...
US military taps 'sock puppets'
Fake personas on social websites to manipulate and influence opinion
Fielding, Nick; Cobain, Ian; Rushe, Dominic
2011
A new $2.76 million dollar 'counter-terrorism' initiative to create a pro-America online presence using fake online personas is underway. These interventions will not be conducted in English or on Ame...
Using Social Media To Build Your Brand
Bucaro, Leanne
2010
Social media is the fastest growing medium to market your product and communicate with your audience. And when it comes to branding your product it just might be the simplest and cheapest way to creat...
Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?
Lam, Oiwan
2015
Facebook has been banned in China for six years yet the Facebook account for Chinese State Newspaper People’s Daily has over 5.5 million fans. What is a state run newspaper doing on a social network t...
You Are Not a Gadget
A Manifesto
Lanier, Jaron
2010
The internet has spawned a hive mentality, where the crowd takes precedence over the individual.

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IntelligentSearch.ca
Website
2017
A web portal featuring topics related to research and the Internet. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make ...