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Internet Manifesto | Manifesto Internet

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Hey Media, what’s that sound? Every knows what’s going down…but you.

This is the feeling i get reading this Internet Manifesto, created by 15 journalists and bloggers as a reaction to the Hamburg Declaration, in which major publishers “advocate strongly urgent improvements in the protection of intellectual property on the Internet”, and “disagree with those who maintain that freedom of information is only established when everything is available at no cost”. Yes, if you want it to be free you can’t have it for free. And public domain facts go under a copyright license (i just delight on wondering the variety of consequences this might bring about). Besides, they would never take profit from free content, created by others, and never without compensating them (or giving them credit).

Though this might seem a specific discussion it is an important one, and this Manifesto comes not only as an answer to a different view on the Internet, but also as a guide to understand the basic principles of it, that media moguls have been failing to grasp for so long. And like playground bullies, they’re trying to change the rules of the game, just because they’re losing.

Mr.Media Mogul, read below the first point of the Manifesto and then go here to read  the rest. And the rest of you, what do you make of it?

(Referrals stolen mercilessly from the great Remixtures blog)

Ei Media, o que se passa? Toda a gente sabe…menos vocês.

Esta é a sensação que tenho ao ler este Manifesto Internet (trazido para o Português pelo Pedro Teichgräber e Paulo Querido) criado por 15 jornalistas e bloggers como reacção à Declaração de Hamburgo, na qual os grades editores defendem “vigorosamente melhorias urgentes na protecção da propriedade intelectual na Internet”, e discordam “com aqueles que defendem que a liberdade de informaçãosó é conseguida quando tudo está disponível gratuitamente”. Sim,se querem que seja livre não pode ser grátis. E factos de domínio público ficam debaixo de direitos de autor (delicio-me a imaginar a variedade de consequências que isto podia trazer). Além disso, eles nunca lucraram com conteúdo livre criado por outros e sem lhes pagar (ou lhes dar o devido crédito).

Apesar desta discussão parecer um pouco específica, é muito importante, e este Manifesto vem não só como resposta a uma perspectiva diferente sobre a Internet, mas também coo um guia para compreender os seus princípios básicos, que os barões dos média não têm conseguido compreender. E como rufias de recreio, querem mudar as regras do jogo  apenas porque estão a perder.

Sr.Barão dos Media, leia o primeiro ponto abaixo deste Manifesto e veja o resto aqui. E vocês, o que pensam disto?

(Referências roubadas sem dó ao grande blog Remixtures)

Internet Manifesto (ler versão portuguesa)

1. The Internet is different.

It produces different public spheres, different terms of trade and different cultural skills. The media must adapt their work methods to today’s technological reality instead of ignoring or challenging it.  It is their duty to develop the best possible form of journalism based on the available technology. This includes new journalistic products and methods.

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01
Mai
08

A Revolução Digital veio para ficar

This text is about a great portuguese written post Eu faço parte da revolução (I´m part of the revolution) by Marco Gomes, that works as a manifesto supporting the changes digital evolution has brought upon our lives. If it gets translated i’ll let you know.

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Marco Gomes escreveu um texto fantástico sobre a revolução que está a decorrer nas nossas vidas, na nossa sociedade, nas nossas relações pessoais, culturais, económicas. Esta revolução está a redefinir a nossa identidade, a nossa imagem, a nossa expressão: é a Revolução Digital. Leiam o texto e comentem. Abaixo ficam alguns excertos.

Eu sou um revolucionário, faço parte da revolução digital.

Estamos mudando a forma como as pessoas se relacionam e se comunicam, destruindo monopólios e inventando maneiras de interagir.

Aparelhos móveis inteligentes nos ajudam a acabar com prisões ilegais. Apresentam mapas com detalhamento que, nos anos 70, seriam considerados problema de segurança. Com um smartphone conectado à Internet posso fazer mais que todos os computadores de 20 anos atrás juntos. Trocando mensagens de texto, rapidamente conseguimos organizar eventos que aparentam não ter objetivo claro, mas têm: Mostrar que podemos.

Nós fazemos muitos hiperlinks, recriamos conteúdo já existente, misturamos animê japonês com música infantil norte-americana, colocamos contrabaixo do duo guitarra-bateria vermelho e branco, misturamos o album preto com o album branco. Recriamos nosso idioma, inventamos novos e mantemos os antigos vivos. Remixamos cultura, é como Larry Lessig disse: Vocês nos aceitam ou nos criminalizam. Nos mostram para o mundo ou nos mandam para o underground. Vocês só não conseguem nos parar.

Obrigamos jornais e revistas a liberar grátis seu conteúdo, antes só acessível sob pagamento.

Muitas das coisas que fazemos não são inéditas, mas nós estamos agindo uma escala global, computadores são cada vez mais baratos, em breve serão gratuitos e não haverá discriminação no acesso a informação.

Eu sou guerrilheiro nessa revolução, e você?

Eu faço parte da revolução

dica de @remixtures

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26
Mar
08

“The death and life of the American newspaper”

Arianna Huffington questions newspapers’“veneer of unassailable trustworthiness.”

“The death and life of the American newspaper”

 

Mal vi este artigo percebi logo que iria causar reacções pela blogosfera. Eric Alterman escreve sobre a os efeitos da web nos jornais, e das possíveis soluções para a sua sobrevivência. Vem mesmo a calhar logo a seguir ao meu post que aborda a nossa relação com os jornais. O artigo é extenso mas não é tempo perdido,e deverá ser um dos mais discutidos deste ano.

The minute i read this article i knew it would raise havoc in the blogsphere. Eric Alterman writes about the effects of the web on newspapers, and the possible solutions for their survival. It comes eactly right on time, after my post that talks about our relationship with newspapers. It’s a long article, but it’s not time wasted, and it will probably be one of the most discussed this year.

Only nineteen per cent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four claim even to look at a daily newspaper. The average age of the American newspaper reader is fifty-five and rising.

Philip Meyer, in his book “The Vanishing Newspaper” (2004), predicts that the final copy of the final newspaper will appear on somebody’s doorstep one day in 2043.

Today’s consumers “want news on demand, continuously updated. They want a point of view about not just what happened but why it happened. . . . And finally, they want to be able to use the information in a larger community—to talk about, to debate, to question, and even to meet people who think about the world in similar or different ways.”

On the Huffington Post, Peretti explains, news is not something handed down from above but “a shared enterprise between its producer and its consumer.” Echoing Murdoch, he says that the Internet offers editors “immediate information” about which stories interest readers, provoke comments, are shared with friends, and generate the greatest number of Web searches. An Internet-based news site, Peretti contends, is therefore “alive in a way that is impossible for paper and ink.”

Arianna Huffington and her partners believe that their model points to where the news business is heading. “People love to talk about the death of newspapers, as if it’s a foregone conclusion. I think that’s ridiculous,” she says. “Traditional media just need to realize that the online world isn’t the enemy. In fact, it’s the thing that will save them, if they fully embrace it.”

The death and life of the American newspaper

O nosso romance com os jornais | Our romance with newspapers

The New Yorker on the history and future of newspapers and blogs

 

 

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17
Mar
08

Efeitos da web no Jornalismo | Web effects on journalism

A AP article on the unexpected effects of the web on journalism
According to David Bauer, the changes brought upon the news scenery by the internet aren’t exactly the ones that you’d expect: instead of a broadening in themes and content democratization, it seems the the focus has narrowed; if, on one hand, the websites are no longer the “online morgues” for the printed news, and many pros are embracing the new formats, on the other, companies want less journalists for more tasks; and citizen websites and blogs are more closed to commentary than corporate media sites. To read and reflect.
Um artigo da AP fala dos efeitos inesperados da web sobre o jornalismo

De acordo com David Bauder, as mudanças que a net trouxe para o panorama informativo não são propriamente as esperadas: em vez de uma maior abrangência de temas e democratização do conteúdo, parece que o foco se estreitou em vez de alargar; se por um lado os sites deixaram de ser as “morgues online” dos jornais, e muitos profissionais estão a aderir aos novos formatos, por outro as empresas querem menos jornalistas para cada vez mais funções; e os sites e blogs criados por cidadãos são mais fechados aos comentários do que os sites de orgãos de comunicação. Para ler e reflectir.

 

Web Has Unexpected Effect on Journalism, Wired Magazine

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07
Mar
08

Online Free Expression Day 12-Mar/08

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Os Repórteres Sem Fronteiras vão promover o Dia para a Livre Expressão Online já no próximo 12 de Março. Com o apoio da UNESCO, este dia pretende denunciar a censura governamental na Internet, e exigir maior liberdade online.

Em simultâneo irá ocorrer uma ciber-manifestação, onde todos os internautas poderão participar contra a actuação de nove países: Birmânia, China, Coreia do norte, Cuba, Egipto, Eritreia, Tunisia, Turquemenistão e Vietname . No ano passado uma iniciativa semelhante envolveu cerca de 40 mil pessoas.

Neste momentos estão detidos cerca de 63 pessoas em todo o mundo, por expressarem as suas opiniões na Internet.

Reporters Without Borders are launching the Online Free Expression Day, next March 12th. With The support from UNESCO, this day aims to expose governmental censorship on the Internet, and to demand more freedom online.

At the same time, a cyber-demo will be promoted, where all internet users can demonstrate against the actions of nine countries: Burma, China, North Korea, Cyba, Egypt, Erithrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Viêt-nam. Last year, a similar event involved about 40 thousand people.

A total of 63 cyber-dissidents are currently in jail worldwide for using their right to free expression on the Internet.

Press Release

Wednesday 12 March : launch of Online Free Expression Day plus repeat of last year’s “24-hour online demo” , RSF

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09
Jan
08

“El poder tiene miedo de Internet” | “Power fears the internet”

Manuel Castells é um sociólogo espanhol que se debruça primordialmente sobre a sociedade de informação. Ele recentemente deu uma entrevista ao El Pais, no seguimento do lançamento do livro que lançou em conjunto com Marina Subirats dedicado às transformações das relações pessoais na era da internet. Uma das ideias que fica é que a Internet pode ser vigiada mas não controlada. A ler.

Manuel Castells is a spanish sociologist whose favorite theme is the information society. He recently gave an interview to El Pais, following the publishing of his and Marina Subirats’ book dedicated to the changes in personal relationships brought about by the Internet. One of the main ideas is that you can surveil the internet, but not control it. The translated text, right after this.

Via Travessias Digitais

Interview by MILAGROS PÉREZ OLIVA in 06/01/2008 , El Pais

If there’s anyone that has studied the core of the information society, that would be the sociologist Manuel Castells (Hellín, 1942). His trilogy “La era de la información: economía, sociedad y cultura” (The information age: economics, society and culture) has been translated to 23 languages. It’s one of the first “retrieved” minds: he returned to Spain, to head the research at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, in 2001, after researching and teaching for 24 years at Berkeley. One of his most recent research activities is Proyecto Internet Cataluña, in which he analyzed for six years, through 15 thousand personal interviews and 40.000 through the net, the changes the Internet has introduced in culture and social organization, and has just published , with Marina “Subirats, Mujeres y hombres, ¿un amor imposible?/Women and Men, an impossible love?” (Alianza Editorial), where they approach the consequences of these changes.

Question – This investigation shows that the internet doesn’t promote seclusion, like many believe, since the people that chat more are the most sociable.

Manuel Castells - Yes. For us, it’s not a surprise at all. The surprise is that that outcome has been surprising. There are at least 15 important essays through out the world that present that same result.

Q – Why do you think the opposite idea has spreaded so successfully?

M. C. - The media have a lot to do with it. We all know that bad news are more news. You use the Internet, and your kids too; but it’s far more interesting to believe that it is crawling with terrorists, pornography… To think that it is an alienation factor is more interesting than to say: the Internet is an extension of your life. If you are sociable, you will be more sociable; if you’re not, the internet might help you a little, but not much. The media is, to a certain extent, the expression of what society thinks. The question is why does society think that way.

Q - Fear of what is new?

M. C. - Exactly. But afraid of whom? The old society of the new, the parents of their children, the ones that have a settled power in a technological, social and culturally outdated world, of anything that may come over them, that they don’t control and perceive as a danger, which in fact it is. Because the internet is a tool for freedom and autonomy, when the power has always been based in controlling people through information and communication. But now it’s over. Because you can’t control the Internet.

Q - We live in a society where the visibility management in the mediatic public sphere as defined by John J. Thompson, has become the main concern of any institution, company or organization. But the public image control demands for controllable media, and if the internet isn’t…

M. C. - It isn’t , and that explains why the establishment is afraid of the Internet. I’ve been in i don’t know how many governamental and institucional international assessment comissions in the last 15 years, and the first question that governments always ask is: how can we control the Internet? The answer is always the same: you can’t. There can be surveillance, but not control.

Q - If the Internet is that important in social and economic life, can it’s access be the main exclusion factor?

M. C. - No, the most important will still be the access to work and a professional career, and before, the education level, because, without education, technology is useless. In Spain, the so called digital gap is a matter of age. The data is very clear: among the over 55 year olds, only 9% are internet users, but among the less than 25 years old, are 90%

Q - So, it’s just a matter of time?

M. C. - When my generation is gone, there will be no digital gap in access. Now however, the problem in the Internet society, the complicated is not to know how to navigate, but to know where to go, where to get what we want to find and what to do with what’s found. And this requires education. In fact, the Internet increases the oldest social gap in History, which is the education level. That 55% of the adults in Spain didn’t finish high school, that is the true digital gap.

Q - In this society that tends to be so liquid, using the words of Zygmunt Bauman, where everything is constantly changing, and that is more and more globalized, can the feeling of insecurity increase, that the ground is failing beneath our feet?

M. C. - There is a new society that i have tried to define theoretically with the concept of net-society, and that isn’t too far from what Baumman defined. I believe, that more than liquid, it’s a society where everything is connected transversally and there is less control from the traditional institutions.

Q - In what way?

M. C. - The idea that the basic institutions of society, State and traditional family, don’t work anymore, is widespread. So the ground fails all at once. First, people think that their governments don’t represent them and aren’t reliable. So, we begin on the wrong foot. Second, they think that the market favours the winners and disregards the losers. Since the majority loses, there’s this empty suspicion on what the pure harsh logicof the market can give to everyone. Third, we’re globalized; this means that our money is in some sort of global flow that we don’t control, that populations are submitted to strong migratory pressures,in a way that it is harder to limit people to one culture or national frontier.

Q - What’s the role of the Internet in this process?

M. C. - On one hand, by allowing to acces all information, it increases the uncertainty, but at the same time is a key instrument for peoples autonomy, and this is something we demonstrated for the first time in our research. The more autonomous someone is, the more it uses the Internet. In our work we defined six autonomy dimensions, and we have proved that when someone has a strong autonomy project, in any of those dimensions, it uses the Internet more frequent and intensively. And the Internet use strengthens that autonomy. But, of course, the more one controls it’s life , the less he trusts in the institutions.

Q - And greater the frustration can be becuse of the distance between the theorical participation possibilities and those exercized in practice, that are limited to vote every four years, don’t you think?
M. C. - Yes, there’s a huge gap between the technological ability and the political culture. Many towns have created Wi-Fi hotspots, but at the same time aren’t able to articulate a participatios system, they provide a way to everybody organize their networks, but not to participate in the public life. The problem is that the political system isn’t open to participation, to the constant dialogue with the citizens, and, hence, what these technologies do is to separate even more the politics and the citizenship.

Any help with the translation from spanish will be appreciated.

31
Dez
07

Perspectiva para 2008 | A View to 2008

Vem aí um novo ano em que a espiral de evolução dos novos media vai ser ainda mais vertiginosa. Terry Heaton escreveu um artigo sobre o que se pode esperar e fazer no próximo ano, e sobre o que será a ordem natural das coisas.
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A new year is coming where the evolutional spiral for the new media will become even more dizzy. Terry Heaton wrote an article about what next year will bring and what can be done, and what will be the natural order of things.

Alguma ideias chave:

-a web não é uma extensão dos media mas um media em si mesmo;

-a web não é um mass media,e cada página é um pixel, este blog é um pixel, o Google é um pixel;

-ser gratuito não é um modelo de negócio, é uma estratégia;

-as notícias são agora um processo e não um produto acabado;

-é o fim dos conteúdos estáticos;

E uma nota pessoal

Para este ano espero sinceramente assistir à abertura das empresas portuguesas às novas tecnologias, e a uma maior percepção do que a informação via internet traz de valioso à reputação e eficácia dos media tradicionais. Espero cumprir os objectivos que tracei e, acima de tudo, espero ter uma ponta de sorte. Há um comboio em movimento e eu já lá estou dentro.

E para todos os meus leitores, um feliz 2008.

Some key thoughts:

-the web is not a media extension but a media in itself;

-the Web dismantles mass, and each website is a pixel,this blog is a pixel, Google is a pixel.

-free is not a business model, it’s a strategy;

-news today are a process and not a finished product;

-the age of static content is over;

And on a personal note

For this year i sincerely hope to witness to an opening of the portuguese companies to the new technologies, and to a broader perception that the information via internet brings added value to the reputation and effectiveness of the traditional media. I hope to accomplish the goals i set to myself, and, above all, i hope to have a struck of luck. There’s a train already moving, and i’m on it.

 

And for all my readers, a happy 2008

Ler artigo completo | Read the full article

14
Dez
07

Right here, right now

Don’t let the graybeards and naysayers sway you, the Web is the greatest thing to ever happen to journalism.

 

This is the turning of the tide. It’s when journalism begins meaning so much more in people’s lives. It finally gives people a voice.

 

It’s 24/7 news that you want. It’s deeper background. It’s more interactivity.

 

It’s a conversation. It’s what the news always should have been.

 

The newspaper never has, never could and never will hold a candle to the power and depth of online journalism. It’s the past, and this is the future:

  1. News that you want, when you want — on any subject.
  2. News in the formats that you want that best tell each individual story.
  3. News that you can get from anywhere in the world on myriad of devices.
  4. News with deeper background and content.

The Web is not killing journalism. Journalism is more alive than ever, but the Web will kill many journalists and journalism organizations unwilling to change, unwilling to deliver news that matters to people and unwilling to deliver news to people in the formats that matter to them.”

 

“The Web is the greatest thing to ever happen to journalism”

Journalism Iconoclast

03
Nov
07

Documentário | Documentary :Life in Second Life

Eu não gosto do Second Life, parece-me uma versão estilizada e pobre da vida a sério, apesar de achar que a plataforma tem potencialidades e características muito interessantes.  Conferências, aulas, reuniões, tudo poderia ter lugar neste mundo virtual. Imaginem um curso tirado na Linden University, independentemente do sítio onde estivessem no Mundo. Enquanto não passar de uma promenade de avatares, não me fascina. Mas como se vive no Second Life? A HBO comprou recentemente um documentário que fala do percurso de Molotov Alva, uma segunda versão de Douglas Gayeton, nas suas deambulações pela vida virtual do Second Life. E para além de o irem transmitir, vão propô-lo para os Óscares.

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I don’t like Second Life, it seems to me like a stylized shallow version of the First one, although i believe the platform has some interesting potential. Conferences, classes, reunions, all can occur in this virtual world. Imagine a degree taken at Linden U., regardless where you might be? While is still an avatar catwalk, i’m not into it. But how do you live the Second Life? HBO bought recently a documentary that follows the ramblings of Molotov Alva, the Second version of Douglas Gayeton, through the virtual Second Life. And they’re proposing it to the 2008 Academy Awards. 

 




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