Kevin: The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists said that freelancers and local reporters were more at risk of attack from dictators, oppressive governments and militant groups. They said that social media such as Twitter and blogs can help fight censorship, although they highlighted China as an exception.
Kevin: Greg Sterling looks deeper into the numbers of whether Facebook is driving more traffic to major portals like Yahoo and MSN than Google. Well worth reading including the conclusion: "But before we can assess the meaning of the data above, we need to know a good deal more about consumer usage of Facebook and whether the Compete data are validated by others. It’s still premature to pronounce Facebook the top or most important traffic source on the internet."
Kevin: John-Henry Barac is a former colleague of mine at the Guardian. He helped design the Guardian iPhone app. Joshua Benton with the Nieman Lab asks John-Henry about the iPad. Among the topics they discuss:
Among the topics we discuss:
— Will a more print-like screen push designers to build more print-like interfaces?
— How can surprise and serendipity be brought back into the reading experience?
— Will the iPad make reading longer pieces more interesting — or tolerable?
Kevin: From Jon Fildes at the BBC: "Google has admitted to BBC News that testing of its controversial social network Buzz was insufficient.
The firm has had to make a series of changes to the service after a ferocious backlash from users concerned about intrusions of privacy."
Kevin: Panel discussion on Education of the Entrepreneurial Journalist. Jeff Jarvis as moderator. Rafat Ali, Editor/Publisher, ContentNext Media
Phil Balboni, President and CEO, GlobalPost.com
John Harris, Editor in Chief, Politico.com
Geneva Overholser, Director, School of Journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
John Thornton, Chairman, The Texas Tribune.org