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Subject Media Bits and Bytes - October 22, 2019
Date October 23, 2019 12:00 AM
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[Facebook * WBAI * Chinas Spy Media * Splinters Demise * BBC *
Alexa and Google Home * Media Monopoly] [[link removed]]

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October 22, 2019

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_ Facebook * WBAI * China's Spy Media * Splinter's Demise * BBC *
Alexa and Google Home * Media Monopoly _



* Facebook and Free Speech
* Alternatives to Facebook
* Pacifica’s War with WBAI
* Beyond China’s Great Firewall
* Postmortem for Splinter
* Racism at BBC
* Alexa Spies On You
* Who Owns Your News Outlets?


Facebook and Free Speech
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By Mathew Ingram
October 18, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

Zuckerberg claims he is committed to free expression, but many
marginalized groups have either been censored by the social network
or harassed and victimized by it. 

Alternatives to Facebook
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Interview with Timothy Karr
October 18, 2019
Bot Populi

The remedy is independent, local, non-commercial, investigative
journalism that has been dying off over the last couple of decades.
You need to create a funding mechanism to support this. Another remedy
is to create a new, non-commercial distribution model that operates
similarly to social media, which has become a very effective medium
for spreading news and information. But it needs to be a
non-commercial model that isn’t driven by surveillance capitalism.

Pacifica’s War with WBAI
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By Noah Manskar
October 16, 2019

The radio station's abrupt closure led to a federal lawsuit and a
bitter internal conflict on the Pacifica Foundation's board of

Beyond China’s Great Firewall
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By Danny O'Brien
October 10, 2019
Electronic Frontier Foundation

In attempting to silence protests that lie outside the Firewall, in
full view of the rest of the world, China is showing its hand, and
revealing the tools it can use to silence dissent or criticism

Postmortem for Splinter
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By Brendan O'Connor
October 10, 2019

The progressive website was a victim of the same forces that have
bankrupted companies like Sears and Toys R Us.

Racism at BBC
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By Liam Shrivastava
October 2, 2019
Red Pepper

The Naga Munchetty affair has exposed the BBC as an institution that
is unable or unwilling to understand its role in elite racism.

Alexa Spies On You
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By Dan Goodin
October 20, 2019
Ars Technia

Amazon- and Google-approved apps turned voice-controlled devices into
"smart spies."

Who Owns Your News Outlets?
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By Nick Routley
October 4, 2019
Visual Capitalist

As outlets battle the duopoly of Google and Facebook for advertising
revenue, the local news game has become increasingly difficult. As a
result, news deserts have been springing up all over America.

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