Good article from The Guardian about the issues arising about how to determine the reliability of information coming through from Iran via social media sites.
The internet is a brilliant machine for spreading information. Data shoots across the network at the speed of light, passing from one node to another. It’s unmotivated by fear or repression or greed, and can shine a torch into the darkest corners to help bring what was hidden to the world.
The uprising in Iran has been
Graham Young raises some interesting issues on his Ambit Gambit site about Labor MP James Bidgood taking pictures of a man threatening to set himself on fire outside Parliament House on Thursday. While Bidgood has been condemned by all sides for taking the photo and then selling them to The Daily Telegraph (the $1,000 went to a Multiple Sclerosis charity), Young argue that citizen journalism has been about citizens capturing events that the mainstream news media hadn’t got to –
Readers of this blog would know that the emerging area of citizen journalism has been an ongoing interest of mine. The ARC Linkage grant that I have been involved in, with partners including SBS, On Line Opinion and Cisco Systems, developed the youdecide2007 site around the 2007 Australian Federal election. My colleagues Axel Bruns, Jason Wilson and Barry Saunders have also been reporting on citizen journalism initiatives on the Gatewatching site housed at ABC Online.
It is interesting to note this