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Photographers to lose copyright and right to photograph in public (cached) | Online Journalism Blog

This startling and outrageous proposal will become UK law if The Digital Economy Bill currently being pushed through Parliament is passed. This Bill is sponsored by the unelected Government Minister, Lord Mandelson.

Let’s look at the way this law will affect your copyright:

The idea that the author of a photograph has total rights over his or her own work – as laid out in International Law and The Copyright Act of 1988 – will be utterly ignored. If future, if you wish to retain any control over your work, you will have to register that work (and each version of it) with a new agency yet to be set up.

via Photographers to lose copyright and right to photograph in public (cached) | Online Journalism Blog.


Reuters Social Media Policy Gets It Half Right, Half Wrong | Techdirt

Just a couple of months ago, I wrote about something that I thought was really impressive by Thomson Reuters. A Reuters blogger wrote a blog post on his official Reuters blog questioning Reuters itself after rumors started spreading that the company had spiked an article after pressure from the article’s subject. Now, the two stories might cancel each other out in some way. Spiking a story based on pressure from the subject is bad, but allowing an employee to publicly question the action on a company blog shows an openness that I thought was impressive.

via Reuters Social Media Policy Gets It Half Right, Half Wrong | Techdirt.

A Developing Story | War photographer: a dangerous idolatry

Recently, I’ve been thinking about war photography, and the moral arguments that commonly support it. I’ve been seeing people use those arguments to advocate for certain practices in photography in general, and I think there are problems with that.

To me, war-phototography is not the same as non-violent-photography.

via A Developing Story | War photographer: a dangerous idolatry.

Tighter security coming for .org names

The Public Interest Registry will add an extra layer of security known as DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) to the .org domain in June — a move that will protect millions of non-profit organizations and their donors from hacking attacks known as cache poisoning.

Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security

In a cache poisoning attack, traffic is redirected from a legitimate Web site to a fake one without the Web site operator or end user knowing. Cache poisoning attacks are the result of a serious flaw in the DNS that was disclosed by security researcher Dan Kaminsky in 2008.

DNSSEC is an emerging Internet standard that prevents cache poisoning attacks by allowing Web sites to verify their domain names and corresponding IP addresses using digital signatures and public-key encryption

via Tighter security coming for .org names.

The Seoul Times

The Seoul Times.

In Japan the “kicking-boy” is always North Korea and one reason for this is the abduction issue which is raised all the time. Yet, in Japan, you have a much bigger abduction issue but this gets little media coverage and of course the nationalist tainted government does not want to dwell on this problem. Therefore, is the “wall of silence” based on racism, double-standards, or is it about Japanization and superiority?

The Seoul Times.


SalaamGarage is a storytelling,�citizen journalism organization that partners with International NGOs and local non-profits. Participants (amateur and professional photographers, writers, videographers, etc.) connect with international NGOs, create and share independent media projects that raise awareness and cause positive change in their online and offline social communities.

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What’s our Job? – heber vega | humanitarian & cultural photographer

Humanitarian Photographers: What’s our Job?

[March 9, 2010] Do we know the answer to that question? Have we asked ourselves, what IS our job? Do we know how far to go in our services? What kinds of things are included in them and what are not?

Those are just some of the questions that I have in my mind after reading Jeremy Courtney’s comment on our last post of 10.Q.

He commented on Matt Brandon’s quote, “NGOs don’t understand the true value of an image”.

My intention here is not to discuss that quote (for that, you can follow the thread on the post.) What I want to discuss, or let’s say, hear from you about, is what struck me the most out of Jeremy’s comments. It’s one question that I’m still thinking about… What’s our Job?

Please read the extract of his comment before we continue….

via What’s our Job? – heber vega | humanitarian & cultural photographer.

via What’s our Job? – heber vega | humanitarian & cultural photographer.