Someone else’s Knight proposal — “Includer”

One concern about the shift of news and other information from paper to digital media is the potential to leave some of the public behind.

Andrius Kulikauskas and the Minciu Sodas laboratory is working on this problem with a Knight proposal for a digital “Includer,” or Flash Drive Editor.

It would be “a device for reading and writing text files (such as emails) stored on any USB flash drive. It is optimized for people in Africa with marginal Internet access so that online community might help them reach out locally.”

Published in: on November 16, 2007 at 4:09 pm  Comments (2)  
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Knight News Challenge

I just submitted another entry in the Knight News Challenge. Made deadline with about half an hour to spare.

I’ve been going through many of the “open” entries. There’s a variety, both in ideas and presentation.

Given its relation to journalism, I’m surprised at the large number of entries that don’t get to the point. Many entries start with background information, such as describing a problem or what the entrant has already done, instead of actually describing the project they intend.

Some entries seem to fulfill little or none of the criteria. Many have potential but are similar to other entries. Youth and volunteer journalism are common themes. 

I’m also disappointed by the open entrants that don’t respond to comments. They’re using the collaborative aspect, but not giving a little psychic reward to people who are trying to help them. 

 But here are some entries I like.

Spot Journalism, by my friend David Cohn — Using community-pooled micropayments to sponsor journalism.

Knight Text Team Nigeria — Using text messages on cell phones could help with the digital divide.

Mobile News

Tahoe on Topic — Online issues forum and calendar.

Civic RSS — Help cities use RSS to better inform residents.

Tearsheet — For reverse publishing. I’m not wild about reverse publishing, but smart automation can be good.

My short name — “Includer” —  Another potential option for bridging the digital divide, in Kenya.

My short name — “LED Headline Display

Local School News and Documentation Consolidator

My short name — “Interactive TV

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 4:47 am  Comments (1)  
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