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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Workshopping NewsJack with Press Pass TV

Members of Press Pass TV (Press Pass, and members of the Center for Civic Media met last week for a codesign workshop to explore using NewJack in the Press Pass Respect in Reporting (RIP) campaign that seeks to establish new standards among journalists writing about violence.

Press Pass describes the RIP campaign: “When facts are missed or people are misrepresented, families, neighbors and community spend time and energy needed to grieve and move forward instead fighting to preserve the memories of their loved ones and restore their reputations. And when irrelevant information like addresses and hospitals are reported, innocent lives are put at risk. At Press Pass TV, we believe in the unlimited power of media to awaken individuals, create dialogue across race, religious and ethnic lines and empower communities to shape their own destiny. The Respect in Reporting campaign is an opportunity for news outlets to partner with communities to shape a more just and equitable future for all of the neighborhoods that they serve.”

Defending the Internet

The closing ROFLcon keynote. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to defend These Internets from those that would take away its freedoms. On the heels of the SOPA/PIPA debacle, we’ve assembled this final boss panel to scheme and plan for the next time some baddies come around the corner.

Internet Defense League


Derek (@derekslater): We need to fix the process of how internet policy is made. Internet policy should be like the internet, not politics as usual.

The Battle for YouTube's Soul: Commercialization vs. the Creative Web

Christian Sandvig introduces our panelists:

  • Matt Harding (Where The Hell Is Matt), who became famous in that dark time before streaming video sites.
  • Judson Laipply (The Evolution of Dance, a 2006 YouTube performance with 70 million views in the first 8 months),
  • Liam Sullivan (Liam Show / "Shoes", which received 41 million views)

We have, gathered here, internet video royalty. But the field itself is changing significantly. On Wednesday, YouTube announced increased investment in professional production of content, to the tune of $200 million. They're going to have channels, hire existing celebrities to appear, produce serialized content, and get sponsors like AT&T to run ads over it. It's 2012, and YouTube has invented television!

The End of the Internet Video Star


Panelists: Dan Sinker (Mozilla / @MayorEmanuel), Biella Coleman (McGill University), Latoya Peterson (Racialicious), Molly Sauter @oddletters (mod - Comparative Media Studies). This post written with Erhardt Graef.

Molly Sauter introduces the panel: How do regular memes and politics collide? There's the political world, the IRL world, and the internet world of hilarity and provocative humor.

A Brief History of Webcomics at #ROFLCon

Panelists: R. Stevens (Diesel Sweeties), Sam Brown (Explodingdog)
Growing from the backwaters of nerdy scribblers uploading their doings onto the web, webcomics have grown into vast, mighty engines of culture online in the past decade plus. Whether it’s the firm geekery of xkcd or the more obscure dabblings of Achewood – webcomics have, more often than not, come to be the shared cultural anchor-points in the broader internet.
This panel brings together Rich Stevens and Sam Brown, who have been deep at the dark, beating heart of webcomics-land from the very beginning for a casual Q&A about the big picture of where things have been, where things are, and where they’re going.


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