Thu, 29 November 2012
Welcome to the 64th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. We're back from the Turkey Day break and there's more news than ever: Jeff Zucker takes the reins at CNN; Marissa Mayer is leading a renaissance at Yahoo; and Facebook is shifting its privacy rules -- again. But the biggest story is the release of the Leveson Inquiry's massive report after nine months of testimony, considering new press regulation in the U.K. after the phone-hacking scandal. We talk to MediaShift correspondent Tristan Stewart-Robertson, who says that the Inquiry only wants regulation of mainstream press and is not considering blogging or the rising digital media in Britain.
Plus, we've been wowed by a new mashup called "The Beat":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/, taking photos from Instagram and placing them where they were taken with Google Earth images. It's striking to look at hashtags such as "#sandy":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/?q=sandy or "#drunk":http://sm.rutgers.edu/thebeat/?q=drunk. While it's a fascinating way to give context to Instragram photos, it also brings up privacy issues. Are people sharing too much on photo-sharing sites about their locations? We talk to Rutgers' Mor Naaman and Abe Stanway about their project.