David Kirkpatrick

July 22, 2010

FTC’s “hot news doctrine”

Via KurzweilAI.net —  this is the first I’ve heard of this Federal Trade Commission proposal. As you can imagine, I don’t like it at all.

Google Tells FTC Enforcing “Hot News” Would Create a Hot Mess

July 22, 2010

Source: New York Times — July 21, 2010

The  Federal Trade Commission’s proposed “hot news doctrine” — legislation that would prevent others from reporting the same facts as a traditional publisher for a period of time after a news event — “would not only hurt free expression … [but] make it virtually impossible for aggregators such as Google News and Yahoo News to function the way they currently do, publishing excerpts from news stories without explicit permission from media outlets,” Google public policy director Pablo Chavez said.

The “hot news doctrine” would also partially cripple KurzweilAI’s news coverage. – Ed.

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March 30, 2009

Social networking and news distribution

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:57 pm

Interesting idea, but it completely sounds like college a thought-experiment that won’t really port over to the real world.

I could be totally wrong if social networking continues to grow as a hub  featuring a confluence of online and real-world interaction  along with information seeking and gathering. Right now social networking is cool, it’s fun and it is useful, but it isn’t a total clearinghouse for users.

The release:

U of Minnesota researchers test new ways to involve people in news through social media

Facebook app could be future business model for newspapers

University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow, Seattle-based news aggregator NewsCloud and student newspaper The Minnesota Daily today announced the launch of the Minnesota Daily Facebook application. The Minnesota Daily application aims to become the hub of news and sharing for U of M students and community, combining both professional student and citizen journalism. Researchers will use it to test new ways to engage youth in news and information through social media.

The Daily, the U of M’s 109 year-old independent, student-run newspaper, has teamed up with researchers to provide the application with its Web content. The application, funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, includes an incentive-based feature for users that allows them to receive points for completed challenges and to comment and share stories with Facebook friends. After a user gains a certain number of points, they are eligible for prizes offered by The Minnesota Daily.

“It could revolutionize the way young people engage and interact with news through their social network,” said Vadim Lavrusik, editor in chief and co-publisher of The Minnesota Daily.

Moreover, Lavrusik said, the application could provide a future business model for media organizations that are struggling to find viable revenue on the Web. Media groups with such applications could work with business to post challenges to the users that they would gain points for, such as visiting a business’ Website or attending a restaurant’s happy hour, resulting in direct business to the advertisers. “It changes the way we think about Web advertising, but business could see direct results,” Lavrusik said.

U of M researchers, led by Greenhow, will use the data provided by application users to investigate how online social network sites such as Facebook can engage youth in world events, build community and generate real world impact. The study, with an anticipated publication date of fall 2009, seeks to discover which strategies work best to engage 16 to 25 year-olds in current events and how the Internet can be used to educate, inform and connect students in new and powerful ways.

“Understanding how youth not only consume online information but manipulate, produce and talk through it for social and educational purposes will move us closer to understanding how to develop students’ digital age competencies, such as their online communication, collaboration, and citizenship, thus informing the design and development of successful media-rich environments,” Greenhow said.

The Minnesota Daily application is the second media publication on Facebook launched by Greenhow’s team of researchers. The first, called “Hot Dish: Serving up the hottest climate news” launched in March 2009 and focuses on building community and sharing news around climate change.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the proportion of young people getting no news on a typical day has increased from 25 to 34 percent since 1998.

“It’s important that we find new ways to reverse these trends by engaging young people where they increasingly spend time — online in social networks,” said Gary Kebbel, Knight Foundation journalism program director.

“We’re excited to apply our technology to support Dr. Greenhow’s research,” said NewsCloud founder Jeff Reifman, the Seattle organization behind the application’s development. “We hope these publications serve as a model for using Facebook to engage younger readers in important current events.”




To view The Minnesota Daily Facebook application, visit: http://apps.facebook.com/mndaily/

February 22, 2009

Preview of March 2, 2009 international edition of Newsweek

Filed under: Business, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:39 pm

A release from today:

NEWSWEEK: International Editions: Highlights and Exclusives, March 2, 2009 Issue

COVER: The Education of Larry Summers (All overseas editions).  Senior Editor Michael Hirsh and Editor-At-Large Evan Thomas profile Larry Summers, Obama’s top economic adviser.  Summers has gone from being part of the government that got out of the way of the markets in the freewheeling days of the late 1990s to become the man mainly in charge of the immense government bailout.  Summers’s greatest test will be persuading Congress to vote for “entitlement reforms” — i.e., cutbacks and/or higher taxes on Social Security and health benefits for the poor and elderly.  Summers plans to urge the president and Congress to venture into an area where politicians have long feared to tread, the so-called third rail of politics.  “Necessity requires it, he says — if the United States cannot curb its spending and debt, interest rates will soar and the economy will plunge once more.”


America’s New Shrink. Every day seems to bring bad news, with more on the way, observes Senior Editor Jonathan Alter. The nation is in a pessimistic mood and although Obama is popular and refreshing, he is still well short of transformative.  “For all of the legislative achievements of his first month in office, Americans have not yet had their faith in the future restored,” Alter writes.  Despite Obama’s initial stumbles, which include mistakes in cabinet selection, Alter believes President Obama has a good chance of restoring confidence and pulling America back from the brink.  He writes, “My take on Obama… is that he has a firm grasp of the psychological and substantive challenges of the presidency. Equally important, his 2008 campaign proved that he possesses a superior sense of timing.”


The No-Risk Culture. Special Correspondent Tracy McNicoll reports that despite the French’s long held negative beliefs about entrepreneurship, there is a new law aimed at simplifying and promoting business startups. At the start of this year, a law took effect that allows just about anyone to become their own boss, without endless bureaucracy and fees. Retirees, students, workers, the unemployed and even bureaucrats can sign up online in 15 minutes and start building their own businesses, without losing their existing publicly funded pensions and unemployment and other benefits. By mid-February, there were already 62,000 auto-entrepreneurs on the books, suggesting that the number of startups could surpass half a million by the end of the year. Finance Minister Christine Lagarde says the figures “will explode the initial objective.” Philippe Hayat, founder of 100,000 Entrepreneurs, a network of businesspeople that has been trying to change French attitudes toward entrepreneurship, calls the legislation “a revolution.”


Going Back To the Farm. Special Correspondent Mary Hennock reports over the last 30 years, as its economy has raced ahead, China has witnessed the world’s largest internal migration, with some 250 million farmers and others abandoning its impoverished heartland in search of factory work and a better life on the coast. Now, as the economy slows, many of those factories have shut down, and unemployment is thought to have hit 10 percent. Among the most worrisome effects: some 20 million migrant workers have returned home, flooding areas where able-bodied youngsters were recently a rarity. This is producing great anxiety among Chinese officials, who have begun warning of civil unrest in unusually stark terms. The fear is that jobless workers — many of them young men — will band together and turn to violence or crime.


GLOBAL INVESTOR: Keeping Stability at All Costs. Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, writes about Brazil’s divergent attitude toward the global economic crisis. It’s not as if Brazil is completely unaffected by the worldwide collapse in economic growth. After expanding at an average of nearly 4 percent over the past five years, the Brazilian economy is set to slow to a crawl in 2009. “But given its long history of crises, Brazil’s reaction to the current shock is more along the lines of ‘we have seen this movie before’ — and its past experience has seasoned the nation to weather such storms,” Sharma writes.  Another reason Brazil is different compared with many emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia is the country’s main policy objective this decade of seeking stability above all else, rather than the ‘growth at any cost’ mantra in several other emerging markets.”


Bring On The Credit. Special Correspondent Barrett Sheridan reports that the problem with China’s banks isn’t their size — the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the world’s sixth largest corporation, with a market value greater than Microsoft. It’s that, despite their wealth, they don’t lend enough. And what loans they do make go mostly to large companies and state-owned businesses. According to research by Morgan Stanley, just 7 percent of the loans made last December went to households. This isn’t an accident, but the fruit of a deliberate government policy, a war on lending that Beijing has waged to help keep inflation in check. To keep prices stable during China’s years of torrid growth, Beijing set quotas on how many loans could be issued. Now that the global economy is cooling, inflation is no longer a worry, according to Brad Setser, an economist at the Council on Foreign Relations, Beijing’s policymakers ought to “unshackle the banks.”


WORLD VIEW: Why Chavez May Outlast Us All. Jorge Castaneda, a former foreign minister of Mexico and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, writes that Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez may wind up as the longest reigning elected president in history anywhere. To win his last election, “Chavez used every conceivable instrument of the state, every imaginable subterfuge, every trick in the book, to stack the deck in his favor and against his opponents,” Castaneda writes. However, as long as his opposition remains divided, they will have trouble curtailing Chavez’s force. “Their defeat may prove dispiriting, and Chavez has the power to concentrate even more power in his hands, as well as further clamping down on the media, the judiciary, the unions, human-rights groups, the business community, students and the opposition.”


THE LAST WORD: Igor Yurgens, economic-policy advisor to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Yurgens spoke to Newsweek about his radical prescriptions for reversing Russia’s dependence on oil and what he sees as the main problem with the government’s policies. “Our ideal scenario is that the state should mix liberal and statist policies. They should allow the market to decide what industries should die naturally, but at the same time selectively support the sectors whose collapse would cause the most social upheaval.” He adds that the state should “spend its money on strategic goals like economic diversification, and developing nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. The biggest fault is that the government has not explained its strategy to people, and there appears to be favoritism in selecting which businesses to bail out. People believe that the state is helping its friends and letting others fail.”


/PRNewswire – Feb. 22/

Source: Newsweek

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