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First POST: Media Futures

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 24 2014

Media Futures

  • Here are yesterday's winners of $3.4 million in grants from the Knight News Challenge, including ten winners of the Prototype Fund, all focused on ideas and projects aimed at strengthening the open Internet. The winning projects included two major initiatives by public libraries to subsidize free MiFi cards that students can take home, and several efforts to combat online censorship and increase personal user security.

  • In a nice ironic juxtaposition, on the same day Comcast and NBC Universal announced the winners of their first-ever hackathon, which had the theme of shaping "The Future of Media & Technology." The winning projects include tools that help deliver interesting TV content to users, deliver custom news stories to users, and enable users to discover, through a wearable heart-rate monitor, how they are physically reacting to "heart-throbbing" moments in entertainment.

  • San Francisco's city attorney is demanding that Monkey Parking, an app that lets users sell their parking spaces to circling drivers, shut down, reports Marcus Wohlsen in Wired.

  • Related: Housing activists in San Francisco are circulating petitions for a ballot measure to tighten regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental services, report Philip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Edward Snowden testified live this morning to the Council of Europe (video link).

  • Rock the Vote launched a revamped website yesterday and aims to register 1.5 million voters this year, reports Nicholas Fandos in Politico.

  • For folks with treadmill desks only: Storyteller David Sedaris shares what happened when he got a FitBit, and started to push his daily walk score into the tens of thousands of steps.