Facebook discloses government requests for user data

Aug 30, 2013 in Miscellaneous

Facebook's first transparency report, the need for journalism schools to adopt a digital-first curriculum and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

Facebook Publishes First Transparency Report: Exceeds Google with 11,000 US Government Requests

Facebook is sharing data for the first time about how often the government asks for information about its users. In doing so, it is joining an industry-wide fight by tech companies to shine more light on surveillance and data requests. (GigaOM, 8/27)

Reading Tweets From Iran

Social media are an unorthodox, but useful, way to start to get a sense of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani. (New York Times, 8/25)

Drone Journalism Programs Try to Get Back in the Air

Two programs created to teach journalism students how to use drones in their reporting are applying for permits so they can resume operating unmanned aircraft outdoors after both programs received cease-and-desist letters from the Federal Aviation Administration last month. (Nieman Journalism Lab, 8/27)

We Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism

At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.” (PBS MediaShift, 8/26)

War on Leaks Is Pitting Journalist vs. Journalist

A disgruntled loner with access to military secrets comes across documents that pull back the veil on government actions in a lost war and decides for a variety of reasons, some noble and some personal, to share them with the world. (New York Times, 8/25)

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