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Radio and TV Martí have roles to play as Cuba enters a new era

When the Berlin Wall came down, Eastern Europe liberated itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the role of U.S. international broadcasting was universally recognized. In the wake of these world-changing events, Václav Havel, Lech Walesa, Boris Yeltsin and other new leaders insisted that Radio Free Europe (RFE), Radio Liberty (RL) and the Voice of America were central to the peaceful democratic transitions in their countries. Western broadcasts provided essential information to all those dedicated to change and helped accelerate that change.

Demanding Democracy in Hong Kong

Protestors have demanded that Hong Kong’s leader step down by noon Thursday, but will this be enough to force resignation of the current leadership? Robert Daly discusses the topic with The Daily Rundown.

Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation

The war on terrorism has not been won, Gabriel Weimann argues in Terrorism in Cyberspace, successor to his seminal 2006 book, Terror on the Internet. Even though al-Qaeda’s leadership has largely been destroyed and its organization disrupted, terrorist attacks take 12,000 lives annually worldwide and jihadist terrorist ideology continues to spread. How? Largely by going online and adopting a new method of organization.

Human Computation Roadmap Summit Workshop

Technosocial infrastructure and increasingly pervasive computing is accelerating the integration of humans into information-processing systems. Some of this is emergent (e.g., social networks) and some deliberate (e.g., crowdsourcing). A research area has coalesced around understanding andengineering such systems toward novel capabilities. For example, we can apply epidemiological methods to predict the spread of ideas over Twitter, and we can build systems that empower citizens to play games, like fold.it, to contribute to HIV AIDS research.

Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape

 

The Commons Lab Presents a Roundtable in Open Innovation and Science:

Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape

Wednesday, July 30th, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 5th Floor Conference Room

New Terrorism and New Media

This report examines how Al-Qaeda, its affiliates and other terrorist organizations have moved their online presence to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets, posing challenges to counter-terrorism agencies.

New Terrorism Meets New Media

The Internet proves to be a useful instrument for modern terrorists who use it for a wide range of purposes – from recruitment, radicalization and propaganda to data-mining and online instruction and training. However, cyber-savvy terrorists found the need to update their online presence. There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Moreover, this trend is expanding to the newest online platforms such as Instagram, Flickr, and others.

War Crimes, Youth Activism & Memory in the Balkans

Past post-conflict justice processes in the Balkan region were comprised of a variety of protagonists, such as governments, international institutions, and civil society. Mechanisms to cope with mass atrocities committed during the conflict in the 1990s included international trials in The Hague, domestic trials in many of the former states of Yugoslavia, and several truth commission attempts. In recent years there has also been a rise in youth activism to confront war crimes. However, literature in transitional justice that addresses this phenomenon remains underdeveloped.

Tweeting Up a Storm: The Promise and Perils of Crisis Mapping

Authors: Lea A. Shanley, Ryan Burns, Zachary Bastian, Edward S. Robson

Crisis mapping is an inter-disciplinary field that aggregates crowd-generated input data, such as social media feeds and photographs, with geographic data, to provide real-time, interactive information in support of disaster management and humanitarian relief. This article, published in the October 2013 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, provides a brief overview of the emerging legal and ethical issues within crisis mapping.

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