The benefits of distributing news under a Creative Commons license

byIJNet
Mar 25, 2016 in Digital Journalism

How news organizations can embrace Creative Commons, encrypting your smartphone and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

It's time for news organizations to embrace Creative Commons

For the past several years, Cards Against Humanity has been Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller in the “Toys and Games” category.

But the card game, which has raked in millions of dollars and inspired dozens of imitations, is also available for free on the Cards Against Humanity website. Anyone can download, remix or share the game, which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license. (Melody Kramer, Poynter, 3/23)

These apps promise to encrypt your smartphone communications

The topic of smartphone security and secure communication is front and center these days, thanks to the battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over opening up an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, mass attackers.

The case has raised questions about what means people might have to protect their mobile data, shining the spotlight on the many apps that promise secure emailing, messaging and more. (The New York Times, 3/24)

10 Twitter how-tos for Twitter's 10th birthday

In honor of 10 years of journalists tweeting (and getting into Twitter fights, tweetstorming and tweeting hot takes), here are 10 guides to using the social network from our archives. (Poynter, 3/21)

Would you pay 25 cents to read an article? Blendle certainly thinks so

Blendle is a Dutch media startup that lets you pay a few cents for individual news articles online — the much chattered-about micropayments model that’s one of many on a long list of strategies destined to save the business of journalism (or not). And now it’s available in the U.S. (Wired, 3/23)

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