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The View from the Top: P.O.V. Leaders on the Struggle to Create Truly Public Media

POVOn the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking PBS documentary series P.O.V., the Center for Social Media interviewed several of those who have led the project through its last two decades on the goals, challenges, and the vision for one of television's most productive sites for imagining and innovating the future of public media.

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Mapping Public Media: Inside and Out

This analysis by Center for Social Media Research Director Jessica Clark contrasts the findings revealed by CSM case studies to Govcom.org's maps of the same media projects, below.

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Global Voices: Creating Multiple Global Publics

This case study by CSM Media Fellow Martin Lucas explores the origins, structure, and impact of Global Voices, an international blogging site designed to increase communication across borders and reveal international issues from the perspectives of citizen media-makers.

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In the "Global Village," Where is "The Public Square"?

Read David Liroff's comments from the first of the Center's Public Media Roundtable discussions. Liroff serves as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Boston's WGBH. Visit WGBH for a downloadable recording.

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Insights for the Future of Public Media [2005]

Insights for the Future of Public Media, A Report on the Global Voices Summit Canary Wharf
December 10, 2005
By Noëlle McAfee

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Al Gore's Keynote Address at the October 2005 We Media Conference

Organized by The Media Center, this day-long conference brought together leading thinkers and organizers into a series of discussions on participatory media.

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Keepers of the Public Domain in Electronic Media: Keep It Up!

Keynote address at the annual convention of Alliance for Community Media, the member organization of cable access stations nationwide on July 10, 1999, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Testimony on the Smithsonian Controversy to the House Committee on House Administration 5.25.06

Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, testified on May 25, 2006 before the House Committee on House Administration to raise concerns on the Smithsonian's 30-year joint venture with Showtime Networks Inc.

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The WGBH Laboratory

"The revolution will not be televised. It will be podcast, video streamed, time shifted, remixed and remashed, blogged and uploaded." That is the opening salvo from the WGBH Laboratory, a three-year old incubator for creative experiments in new media. The Lab’s three "pillar programs" foster the work of independent media makers and media innovators using digital technologies to develop groundbreaking content and attract young audiences.

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The Densho Archive: Harnessing the Power of Digital Media

The Densho Archive-a vast, free online multimedia collection of materials related to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II-is a model of what public media can be. Created by retired executives from Microsoft with family histories of wartime incarceration, it marries sophisticated digital archive design with innovative donor arrangements that allow it to host media without the originals leaving private institutions and collections. Where other online digital media projects fail or are forced to charge prohibitive fees to end-users, the Densho Archive has created a successful, truly public, digital resource.

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