1. La familia Agois vendió el 54% de las acciones de Epensa al Grupo El Comercio. Con esta operación, la actividad de la prensa escrita se encuentra altamente concentrada y el grupo El Comercio se coloca en una clara posición de dominio en el mercado al pasar a concentrar más 77% de la publicidad y la venta de ejemplares de la prensa escrita en el Perú, algo inédito y quizás no visto en otro país de corte democrático.

    — Concentración de medios en Perú (January 2014)

  2. Supported by Google Ideas, the GDELT Project monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news from nearly every corner of every country in over 100 languages and identifies the people, locations, organizations, counts, themes, sources, and events driving our global society every second of every day, creating a free open platform for computing on the entire world.

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    I met Kalev Leetaru right at the beginning of all this - amazing to see how far it has come.

    The GDELT Project

  3. The average minister is worth over Rs. 13 crore, however, and at least 14 ministers have criminal cases against them.

    — All you need to know about the Modi Cabinet - The Hindu

  4. Modi launched a website MyGov on July 26 that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like clean river Ganga or skill development. The inauguration of the people-centric platform also marks the completion of 60 days of the new government.

    — MyGov: PM Narendra Modi launches website for citizens – mygov.nic.in | Latest News & Gossip on Popular Trends at India.com

  5. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today called upon Indian manufacturers to produce set top boxes to meet the growing demand created by the cable TV digitisation drive, and sought their suggestions to take the indigenisation process forward.
    Javadekar sought suggestions directly through e-mail or his twitter account.
    “I invite Indian manufacturers to produce and provide set top boxes for indigenisation of digitisation,” Javadekar posted on Twitter.
    “Manufacturers may contact me on my twitter with hashtag #indigenisationOfDigitisation or email me at pjavadekar@gmail.com,” he said in another tweet.

    — Prakash Javadekar for India-made set top boxes in digitisation drive | The Indian Express

  6. Raúl Rivera, an innovation guru and author of a recent best-selling book, Nuestra hora, soon to be out in English, pointed out in Buenos Aires that, for a variety of reasons, Latin America has developed a reputation for being a small, fragmented region, racked by conflict and populist dictators. Nothing could be further from the truth. In terms of land mass, with some 20 million square kilometres, Latin America has a larger surface than either Russia or Canada, the two largest countries. It is the region with the largest bio-capacity and biodiversity, and the one with the biggest fresh water reserves anywhere. Almost all countries have now democratically elected governments. It is also a peaceful region, with few inter-state wars in the course of the past 100 years, and, accordingly, with the lowest defence expenditures. Its economy as a whole, measured in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, is the fourth largest in the world — bigger than Japan’s, and only behind the EU’s, the U.S. and China’s. Over the course of the past decade, it has also become one of the growth poles of the world economy and thus a natural partner for India. With a population of 580 million, a GDP of $4.9 trillion (four times larger than that of India) and six per cent of the world’s merchandise trade, it has shown remarkable resilience in the face of the GFC. Although its GDP fell by 1.7 per cent in 2009, its recovery was swift, growing at 6.1 per cent in 2010, and at a (projected) 4.5 per cent in 2011. This is in marked contrast to many European countries now on the verge of bankruptcy and a United States still in the throes of the recession.

    — Latin America, India’s next big thing? - The Hindu (2012)

  7. From VIPPAL, an initiative of the Argentine think-tank CIPPEC.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  8. “A cinema that will unfreeze that icy and now constant experience of being addressed only as a social construct for the benefit of the market; a cinema where the tension between a world that is being illustrated and a world that is being illuminated can make us live again in that dream-state so necessary to our very breathing; a cinema, therefore, that will hurl itself against that current order of things, a cinema that is not a calling card for a career but a cinema that will march straight past this present Praetorian guard of cultural and commercial administrators and by so doing will deliver once again that wonderful surprise – that which is still possible.” – Marc Karlin 1943-1999

    — About Marc Karlin

  9. (via Werner Herzog’s favourite English footballers (excerpt from The Southbank Show) | marckarlin)

  10. AU Review: Your appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 was interesting, in that you represented France and sang mainly in English and inhaled helium on stage. Looking back on that, how do you remember the time?
    Sebastien Tellier: It was fun to be in Serbia with a lot of crazy people. I never understood why Eurovision was so badly produced with all the money it costs. Anyway, weed is great in Serbia, so it was cool.

  11. From Islington’s The Bridge School.

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  12. La Agencia Antidrogas de los Estados Unidos (DEA) ha alertado este miércoles de que los cárteles del narcotráfico mexicanos están construyendo sus propios ‘drones‘ para trasladar droga al país, una tecnología que venían usando desde el año 2011 pero que ahora implementan los grupos criminales mediante la contratación de trabajadores experimentados.

    — Drugs gangs in Mexico start using drones…

  13. Replying to questions from the audience whether industrialists being allowed to own media companies would pose a danger to the functioning of the media business, [Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar] said: “Cross media ownership is being actively debated now. If that boils down to a game of 3-4 owners what happens to the state of media are some questions being raised. We will work extra time and walk the extra mile but come to decisions one these.”

    — Govt. planning to revamp DD, AIR: Javadekar - The Hindu

  14. (via The Washington Post)

    (via The Washington Post)

  15. China, supported by South Africa and others, brought a hostile oral amendment to the resolution, to include a further paragraph warning of the dangers the Internet poses for encouraging terrorism, extremism, racism, and religious intolerance. This would have introduced to agreed UN language a loophole for online censorship antithetical to the purpose of the resolution and international standards. Fortunately it was voted down by a resounding 28 votes to 15, with 4 abstentions.[1] “We are alarmed that established democracies, such as South Africa and even India, distanced themselves from consensus by supporting China’s attempt to justify State censorship” Hughes said. “The fundamental importance of open, critical and even controversial expression on the Internet is a universal value that applies in all societies. Today the HRC ultimately rejected attempts to condition the enjoyment of human rights on the Internet on ‘duties and responsibilities’ of Internet users. That is an important win, which the HRC must continue to build upon.”

    — UNHRC rejects attempts to dilute Internet freedoms · Article 19