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Spanish Influenza | The Indian Gifts of Uncle Sam

Viomundo (Brazil) cites recent Wikileaks- and FOIA-based revelations about the influence of U.S. government and private sector support for foreign journalists and news and opinion outlets — in this case, for Venezuelan journalists and publications identified as opponents of Uncle Hugo.

The documents …set forth some US$ 4 million in financing of Venezuelan journalists and media outlets in recent years.

The funds were channeled directly from the State Department through three U.S. public entities: the Panamerican Development Fund, Freedom House and USAID.

In a crude attempt to cover up its activity, State censored the names of most of the organizations and journalists receiving this million-dollar funding. However, a document dated from July 2008 omitted censorship of two of the main groups receiving funding in Venezuela: Espacio Público and the Press and Society Institute — in Spanish, the IPYS.

This is just the sort of story that might be illustrated usefully by analyzing the «link ecology» of such networked collaborations, referencing the ECOLEAD scheme developed by the EU for this type of organization — the CNO, for Collaborative Networked Organization.

The diagram that heads this note, for example, depicts avenues of inflows and outflows — influence and effluence — among loosely joined organizational components.

An egocentric view of the IPYS network reflects a digital distribution mechanism with flows among international bodies — WAN-IFRA — as well as national and local, and management and labor.

Virtual organizations are assembled from interoperable components provided by pools of financial, technical and rhetorical resources.

A regional alliance of press associations, for example, may rely on IFEX, Article 19 or the Chapultepec Declaration in framing the argument in cases specific to its regional concerns, while on another plane such organizations may be mounted and multiplied quickly using pools of technical means — NGO and think-tank toolkits, for example.

Channels are multiplied in violation of the usual logical principle — entia non multiplicanda. The apparent wealth of apparently independent sources for specific cases of advogacy follows the Devil and his dictionary — «My name is Legion».

Digital strategies in a box include the USHAHIDI kit, promoted by American diplomacy and foreign trade evangelism and used for sites such as the PADF. Whether the partial anagram with «USAID» was intentional we shall have to ask the brains behind the non-profit currently in charge of the project.


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Abril Fools | «Veja Vexed for Collor Collar»

From the nostalgic 90s: President Collor as media-made … and media-unmade … man

Via Comunique-se.

Select outlets of the Brazilian press celebrate a World Bank database on corruption cases that names two notorious figures — ex-São Paulo mayor and governor Paulo Maluf — Maluf! — and the media and telecoms venture capitalist Daniel Dantas.

Meanwhile, the congressional commission examining the scandal of Mr. Waterfall drones on as efforts continue to quash the wiretaps on which the case is founded. This essential legal detail gets very little coverage, however.

The senior federal judge in charge of analyzing the motion has already voted in favor of throwing out the evidence on the grounds of insufficent cause for the warrant. Two other judges on the panel — roughly equivalent to a federal appeals court — have yet to weigh in.

And a former Supreme Court justice, Gilmar Mendes — scrutinized over travels on a private jet allegedly paid for by the Waterfall organization — has already demonstrated, in spades and ex parte, a similar distaste for a supposed «police state» based on court-ordered wiretaps.

In fact, Mendes famously claimed that he had been the victim of some infinitely sneaky wireless war driver in his chambers, who allegedly captured a conversation with Senator Demosthenes Torres of the DEM — a central figure in the current scandal .

At the time, Veja amplified the allegation, but when the federal police found absolutely no evidence of such activity it issued no mea culpa.

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ABRAJI | Upcoming Events

ABRAJI | Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo announces its 7th annual investigative journalism conference, to be held for the fourth consecutive year in partnership with the privately owned university Anhembi-Morumbi … a Sylvan Laureate–Laureate International enterprise.

Anhembi is observed as being consistently active in youth marketing in partnership with Sambodia City Hall and the Alliance of Youth Movements.

ABRAJI recently mounted a tribute to murdered Globo journalist Tim Lopes — oddly, held at the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing | ESPM.

The upcoming conference runs from July 12 to July 14 and costs more than this freelance epistemologist is able or willing to invest at this point.

Speaking on the risks of war correspondence: Frank Smyth.

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Networks of Influence | The Spanish Influenza

This blog has been evolving in the past year or so into rough working notes on the classification, design and breeding of collaborative networked organizations — CNOs — according to measurable criteria. Our textbook has been do Nooy, Mrvar and Batagelj, Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek.

Applying notions of citation — and its sibling, plagiarism — influence, and structural prestige, I want to identify digital strategies based on my spidering results in order to profile CNOs, according to a theory of digital genres based on the Bloomian «anxiety of influence».

The eyes of my readers — both of them — may roll at this interjection of postmodern hijinks, but I believe it actually makes sense. All I need to do is show how the theory applies to the interpretation of empirical data, specifically, to data on linking behaviors studied on a grand — 4 million documents — scale.

Especially interesting in light of the theory of partial mutual incomprehension, or misprision, is the study of organizations that operate between language or cultural barriers. A rudimentary example is shown above.

  1. Master em Jornalismo — a São Paulo extension program of the University of Navarra (Opus Dei)
  2. Novo em Folha — a digital daily for journalism students and newbies, hosted on the Folha-UOL blogosphere latifúndio and borrowing heavily from such projects as Media Bistro
  3. E-Periodistas — a blog by Ramón Salaverría, a professor at the University of Navarra and author of a style guide on the editing of hypertext
  4. Editors Web Log — official blog of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum
  5. Media News Group — a digital strategy agency with dozens of U.S. dailies and non-dailies as customers.

The closed cycle of mutual references suggests it might be useful to look at this «sociocentric» intersection from the point of view of intersecting egocentric networks.

This overview is based on a statistical sample of closely linked entities and drawn using the yEd graph editor, with additional notes added manually.

Novo em Folha, in particular, occupies a brokerage role with respect to the Knight-Nieman digital journalism content-syndication engine — prose and linking stylistic analysis shows similarities as well — and to the Navarrans who established Innovation-MediaConsulting.

The diagram at the head of this note is an instance of an analytic technique called Maximum Flow — the largest number of links connecting two vertices in a complete connected subnetwork.

Let us have a look at an example that I came across recently, a maximum flow analysis of thethe relationship between the Society of Professional Journalists in the U.S. and the ANJ — National Newspaper Association — in Brazil.

The analysis software is Pajek, I should say.

[ … note in progress …]

Standard Operating Procedures

Above, a partial citations pool — closeness centraility — for the blog Novo em Folha, on the site of the Folha de S. Paulo.

My self-appointed task today is to explain, and provide examples, of several of the  techniques I am learning, including

  1. K-Neighbors
  2. Net > Components > Strong, Weak, All
  3. Core > All
  4. Degree > All
  5. Maximum Flow (v1, v2)
  6.  Net > Transform > Reduction

This may get boring. [ … note in progress …]

In fact, I will only have time to upload some network views and briefly comment..

Rio+20 | Anxiety of Influx

Via Portal ClippingMP | Correio Braziliense:

Less than two weeks before the Rio+20 conference, scheduled for June 13-22, Brazil continues to work behind the scenes to prevent the UN’s premiere event on sustainability from going down in history as a double failure.

The government’s first fear involves the event itself, given the number of signficant personalities expected to attend. The second concern will not be addressed until the final day of the conference on sustainable development, when national leaders are due to sign off on a document solemnizing points of agreement. Brazilian negotiators expect a final document that is much less ambitious than Brazil intends.

On the list of heads of state expected to attend, a number of A players have yet to confirm, such as Obama and Merkel.  French prime minister François Hollande, recently elected, has confirmed attendance.

Leaders from the Brics— India, China, Russia and South Africa — and Brazilian officials will be present in Rio. President Dilma Rousseff says the Brazilian government will work until the last moment to meet the quorum. Diplomats fear the event will not live up to the signficance of Eco-92, the event that launched the current process.

In 1992, Brazil’s influence in international affairs was not as it is today, and then-President Fernando Collor lacked the distinguished reputation enjoyed today by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — who proposed Rio+20 — and his successor, Dilma Rousseff.


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