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First POST: Watching the Detectives

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 14 2014

Watching the Detectives

  • Last night, this livestream from Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters and police have been in a tense confrontation since the shooting of teenager Michael Brown got more than one million views. The police fire on the crowd starting about seven minutes in.

  • On LocalWiki, here's a page on the Ferguson Police Department started by Atlantic writer Alexis Madrigal.

  • Palestinians are tweeting tips about how to deal with tear gas to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • You might think that going to a McDonald's to charge your phone and use the free WiFi was constitutionally protected behavior, especially if you're a reporter. Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly had a different experience last night.

  • A State Department official, John Napier Tye, decided to blow the whistle on how the NSA handles data collected on Americans from its snooping on people abroad, going through formal channels. Charlie Savage of the New York Times reports on what did (and didn't) happen next.

  • After Zelda Williams, the daughter of recently deceased comedian Robin Williams, announced she was leaving Twitter due to all the bullying she experienced there in the wake of his death, Twitter's VP of trust and safety, Del Harvey, says the company is evaluating how it can improve its policies for handling abusive accounts. As Hayley Tsukayama reports for the Washington Post, this has other Twitter critics like Imani Gandy of RH Reality Check and Soraya Chemaly up in arms, asking why it has taken so long for the company to take meaningful action.

  • The Daily News' deputy managing editor of entertainment shared this memo with her web editor colleagues, according to Jim Romenseko's media blog:

    Thank you to everyone who did a great story [sic] with keeping our stories SEO strong with the * Robin Williams dead at 63 * header for the first 24 hours. Starting tomorrow morning, we can scale back on the robot talk (meaning no death header) just as long as the stories continue to *start* with his full name and include buzzy search words like *death, dead, suicide, etc.*

  • The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza mulls whether Twitter is ruining politics and concludes, despite the heightened navel-gazing and egotism among politicos, "it's also become a remarkable information source for political junkies…and provided insight on and access to politicians…that was unimaginable even a decade ago."

  • After studying the 50 most recent Facebook posts from 20 prominent environmental NGOs, Darren Barefoot has some pointers on the Hootsuite blog on how to win "the Facebook engagement game."

  • Peak viral? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg does the ALS ice-bucket challenge after being challenged by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Donations to the ALS Association have soared in the two weeks since this meme took hold.

  • Reframe It, TechCrunch, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation are calling on the tech community to "add their creative ideas on immigration policy reform" to a collaborative briefing document.

  • Ethan Zuckerman explains how "good intentions gone awry" turned the Internet into an advertising-driven surveillance system.

  • ICYMI: Our Alex Howard reports on how the "New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes."