Category Archives: ethics

Censorship map of the world

The Financial Times has published an interesting interactive map outlining growing censorship of the Internet in the world. Belarus, Turkey, Thailand and Iran (in that order) have the highest Internet penetration of all the countries described. Also, check out, … Continue reading

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When the machines edit your life

It’s like a horrific scene out of EPIC 2014. E-Media Tidbits’ Amy Gahran highlights the story of Nino Ceritano, a restaurateur whose top Google search was a Roanoke Times story about a murder suspect who worked in his restaurant. “What … Continue reading

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Microsoft offered cash for Wikipedia alterations

Microsoft got its hand slapped by Wikipedia after it was revealed that Microsoft attempted to pay writer Rick Jelliffe for altering Microsoft’s Wikipedia entry, according to an Associated Press report. From the report: Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer … Continue reading

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British newspapers paying Google for headline placement

Do I hear $10 for “Saddam Hussein hanging?” $15? PaidContent highlights a Wall Street Journal report on the growing trend in the U.K. toward newspapers bidding on sponsored links on Google for news events. Some American newspapers have gotten in … Continue reading

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Top Digg users banned for itchy palms

A couple of Digg‘s most loyal users have been banned because they’ve apparently taken money for posting articles. Along with instances of phony articles appearing, it seems as if Digg has had its hands full containing some of the mayhem … Continue reading

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Where’s the link?

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune published a whopper of a story today, revealing the identity of the priest who says he had an inappropriate relationship with a young, now-disgraced Rep. Mark Foley. As the national media picked up the story, it’s appalling … Continue reading

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Ethics for the Web, Poynter style

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. is attempting to spearhead an effort to create a set of guidelines for online news ethics. For a long time, I’ve been appalled by the lack of consistency in newspapers’ online correction policies … Continue reading

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