New Media

Government to study how people get info through social media

Doug Beizer, Federal Computer Week

The General Services Administration wants to know if people want to receive information about the federal government via online services such as Facebook and YouTube, according to a GSA announcement on FedBizOpps.gov.

GSA plans to conduct a series of online market research surveys to learn what people’s opinions and preferences are regarding government programs and services, according to the solicitation made Feb. 9.

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Guild to discuss possibility of employee buyout of Seattle P-I

Associated Press

The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild has scheduled a meeting next Tuesday to discuss whether Seattle Post-Intelligencer workers are interested in investigating a possible employee buyout of the newspaper.

The union represents most P-I workers.

Guild Administrative Officer Liz Brown says the union is trying to figure out whether there is sufficient interest to bring in a consultant and seek state money for a feasibility study.

The Hearst Corp. put the newspaper up for sale Jan. 9 and said it would quit printing the paper in 60 days, perhaps maintaining an online-only P-I.

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Facebook users ask who owns information

Brian Stelter, New York Times

Reacting to an online swell of suspicion about changes to Facebook’s terms of service, the company’s chief executive moved to reassure users on Monday that the users, not the Web site, “own and control their information.”

The online exchanges reflected the uneasy and evolving balance between sharing information and retaining control over that information on the Internet. The subject arose when a consumer advocate’s blog shined an unflattering light onto the pages of legal language that many users accept without reading when they use a Web site.

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Funding for digital content, too? New law would DOIT

Steve Behrens, Current

If some level of broadband Internet hookup becomes the federal government’s next goal for universal service, will Washington help assure that there’s educational and public-interest content flowing in those big, fat pipes?

Last July, Congress authorized creation of a new nonprofit to research and produce digital media content, though it’s awaiting appropriation and startup.

Lawrence Grossman and Newton Minow, who were PBS president and chair, respectively, in the late ’70s, and compatriot Anne G. Murphy have been on the case for eight years, though the advocates’ digital platform of choice would not always be linear video. These grayheads are into computer simulation and learning games.

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