1. Policy makers rely on high quality research to underpin evidence-based governance decisions. But just how this evidence is to be obtained – the research agenda of key concepts and questions, the quality or ethical requirements for methods, the challenges of implementation, evaluation and interpretation – all of this is rarely discussed publicly between researchers and research users. Such matters are particularly important in relation to children’s rights in a global, digital age, with a host of associated practical, ethical and political issues attached.

    — Towards a Global Research Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age | LSE Media Policy Project

  2. Al Jazeera’s documentary series Viewfinder is a unique, long-term project showcasing independent filmmaking talent from around the globe. These films focus on the power of storytelling to provide a deeper insight into the impact of global events on local communities. These are stories brought to you through the experiences of those on the front lines of a rapidly changing world. Viewfinder endeavours to do what no other broadcaster has done before: develop regionally based filmmaking talent and bring those new perspectives to a worldwide audience. It speaks to the vitality and energy of local voices reaching a global audience.

    — Viewfinder Latin America 2014 - Al Jazeera English

  3. He admits that if the right offer comes along, the kind of offer that only three or four companies in the world could come up with, he would have to jump. But what is that? Five billion? Seven? Ten? It’s hard to know, because in Silicon Valley today, money has lost all meaning and value. It is an abstract construct that can be exchanged for homes and Teslas and handmade selvedge denim jeans flown in from Japan, but nobody really has any idea what constitutes “a lot” anymore.

    — The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup | Business | WIRED

  4. The fund aims to foster media pluralism, public voice and civil society participation in the media and to strengthen, through community media, the voices of women, youth, remote and rural communities, and marginalised groups. The Aswatona Fund will offer grants for five types of action: exchanges of experience and good practice; audience development and sustainability; cultural and social action media; promotion of media policy dialogue; and network development and solidarity.

    — Aswatona Fund for Media Development Launched « أصواتنا

  5. onaissues:

    Meet Rajneesh Bhandari, one of the three 2014 MJ Bear Fellows. 

    A former television journalist, Rajneesh coordinates Media Gufa, which requires journalists to be isolated in a room for 72 hours to report news stories using only social media and another group of journalists to report stories from a rural area without using the internet.

    He also is working as data editor on an investigative project launched by Transparency International, teaches journalism at WLC College, Nepal, runs multimedia workshops for national and international organizations, and is working to improve digital literacy in Nepal by training young people in rural areas how to use digital tools.

    Learn more about Rajneesh and the 2014 MJ Bear Fellows

    Fascinating…

  6. globalvoices:

The Russian government has tightened control over all media platforms, but it’s been especially active in corralling the Internet. News programs and other video content from state Russian television will soon flood top news websites in Russia, creating a monolithic news agenda in a market where independent media outlets have all but disappeared.
According to a new agreement between Pervyi Kanal (state-owned Channel One) and the media holding Rambler & Co., websites like Gazeta.Ru and Lenta.Ru will carry the government-controlled channel’s daily news bulletins, while other websites from the holding might rebroadcast Pervyi’s films, documentaries, and sports programming.
TJournal.ru points out that examples of embedded video content from Pervyi Kanalare already available on Lenta.ru, like this conspiratorial piece about U.S. and U.K. ‘agents’ in Germany. The 34-second video is dropped squarely in the middle of the news story, cutting it in half.
The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

    globalvoices:

    The Russian government has tightened control over all media platforms, but it’s been especially active in corralling the Internet. News programs and other video content from state Russian television will soon flood top news websites in Russia, creating a monolithic news agenda in a market where independent media outlets have all but disappeared.

    According to a new agreement between Pervyi Kanal (state-owned Channel One) and the media holding Rambler & Co., websites like Gazeta.Ru and Lenta.Ru will carry the government-controlled channel’s daily news bulletins, while other websites from the holding might rebroadcast Pervyi’s films, documentaries, and sports programming.

    TJournal.ru points out that examples of embedded video content from Pervyi Kanalare already available on Lenta.ru, like this conspiratorial piece about U.S. and U.K. ‘agents’ in Germany. The 34-second video is dropped squarely in the middle of the news story, cutting it in half.

    The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

    — 

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

    The GDELT Project

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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)

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

    (Source: youtube.com)

  14. “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

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