How will technology innovation support journalism and participatory democracy?
Ten technologies disrupting journalism
What are the 10 technologies or applications with the most potential to disrupt traditional journalism -- to create opportunities and challenges?
The screening questions
What screens can we apply to answer that core question? For guidance, consider three questions listed by Andrew Haeg, of American Public Media in Minneapolis, during his portion of a panel at Georgia Tech in January:
- What tools can we use to better spot patterns and emerging issues?
- What's the most efficient way to disseminate all of the information and insights we're receiving?
- How can we measure trust and confidence?
At the same Georgia Tech event, Haeg's colleague in Minnesota, Michael Skoler, said technologists can help journalists by advancing work on:
- Fact-based social networking tools
- Advancing authentication networks that assure both trust and confidentiality
- Games that assist public-data analysis.
And also in Atlanta, Yahoo senior vp Chris Barr offered this short list of things he hopes technologists will invent to help news and journalism:
- Self-identifying content
- Easier-to-use tools to publish to multiple distribution outlets
- Easier user-generated content
- Persistent real-time feeds (including video and audio)
- Ubiquitous personalization
- Massive localization
- Architecting an OS for Democracy (e.g., FCC reg’s as the blueprint for information diffusion)
- Biologizing the Media System (analyzing MSM and the alternate media as biological systems)
- IT Technology in Support of Diversity in News Sourcing
- The Challenges of Disintermediated Journalism
- Network neutrality -- Information delayed Is information denied
- The New Technology of Journalism
- The Wiki Revolution: Information Wants to be Accurate
- The Challenge of Prioritizing News (while avoiding censorship)
- Decentralizing News Management
- Innovation in a Dominated Media Environment
- The Technology and Best Practices of Citizen Journalism
- Empowering the Citizen Journalist
- Designing the Next News Room
- The Evolving Media Infrastructure (i.e., a state of the MSM and the new media)
- The Power of Blogging: Overview and Forecasts/Predictions
- The Cathedral and the Sports Pages (see: “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”)
- Journalism Education in the Digital Age
BACK TO THE PROGRAM PAGE
- Urban Kiosks (Maurreen Skowran) -- Kiosks at places such as mass transit stops could help bridge the digital divide. These could provide highly local news, information and advertising, and possibly also more opportunity for people to interact with each other and institutions. They could be supported by one or any combination of advertising, user fees and charitable contributions.