An interesting open-source site is Media Cloud. This is a joint project by the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. It gives access to data which examines how stories arise and are followed in the media. See these case studies on Understanding ‘Teen Pregnancy’ […]
A recent new project supported by Propublica, US media and human rights organisations including University of Miami School of Communication, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is building up an accurate, verifiable database of reports of specific hate […]
Just launched this major project funded by National Endowment for the Humanities which will provide free access to visualisations on a state level of how Americans voted for their legislators, 1787–1825. Follow the progress on their blog. It will be building on the electoral data already available from the New Nation votes project
Free access to this reference book from the Library of Congress. It includes essays and statistics designed for the general public which trace the history of women’s representation in the US parliamentary system.
Fascinating report from the Knight Foundation which focusses on findings from qualitative research with 52 teenagers and young adults in three U.S. cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charlotte, North Carolina. It shows an increasing mistrust of the media and a reliance on the use of mobile technology. In the UK Ofcom has an annual news consumption […]
The new CIA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room can be found at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/ The CREST database resources of declassified CIA documents and papers were finally released onto the web after a pressure group sued the CIA Papers are over 25 years old. They include the infamous Stargate papers many relating to sightings […]
See the website of the Womens March on London 2017 which has details on the global movement. There is also a statement about it on the Womens Equality Party website An interesting initiative is We the people which is a crowd-sourced project backed by artist Shepard Fairey. The initiative is seeking to raise funds to […]
On inauguration day The Guardian news is experimenting with a number of live news features. See the first filmed inauguration in 1901 via the Library of Congress website. And the draft of his speech with amendments!
Ahead of the inauguration the Internet Archive has launched its own special Trump collection. It currently has over 700 video, news broadcasts, televised debates and interviews online. There is also a fact checked file of statements made in the interviews which has been prepared by FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Fact Base […]
With the changeover to a new president the White House has announced its plans for archiving social media and website from the Obama administration. Other citizen initiatives include: ArchiveSocial: Obama Social Media Archive MIT Media Lab’s Electome group explores how the White House, President Obama, and the First Lady have used Twitter to communicate with […]