I’ve come across a great resource for those interested in staying up to date on digital developments worldwide: the Digital Media Mash Up, which calls itself “a weekly newsletter focusing on digital media events, news, and research from around the world”.Produced by the the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy (one of TOL’s long-time donors), the newsletter’s archive can be accessed here and you can find out how to sign up.
We’ll try each week to post on NetProphet the items that relate directly to our region, but there is plenty of relevance on the mash up for those working at this intersection of new media and journalism:
Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
The handbook offers practical advice and techniques on how to create a blog, make entries and get the blog to show up in search engine results. It gives clear explanations about blogging for all those whose online freedom of expression is subject to restrictions, and it shows how to sidestep the censorship measures imposed by certain governments, with a practical example that demonstrates the use of the censorship circumvention software Tor. (Reporters Without Borders, 9/19)
RUSSIA: The Russian Internet (Runet) Becomes More Opaque
Recent implementation of amendments to Russian Law make the Russian Internet (Runet) more opaque to anyone other than the Russian security services. (Jeffrey Carr, 11/27)