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IREX & The Blogging-Industrial Complex

“You are engaging in cyberwarfare, on the side of the good guys.” –Hillary Clinton, on USAID and State Afghanistan media development programs.

On my Portuguese-language blog, I refer to them as «admiráveis internautas novos» In other words, what Web is this, that hath such creatures on it?

An example is the public-private partnership known as

The principle challenge of this little Web-crawling project of mine is to see whether what crawling followed by social network analysis in Pajek points to as part of a networked organization or organizations corresponds to real-world relationships.

In the case of IREX, relations discovered by crawling the content of the organizations Web site, above, corresponds to the financial disclosure — disclosure of sponsors, if not financial details — in IREX’s annual report.

The alliance of governments with media & tech industries and  their respective philanthropies extends to others of its kind, such as the Knight Foundation’s many journalism education and incubation projects and other international NGOs with the same or related missions.

In Brazil, the oligopoly TV Globo counts as a supporter. Continue reading

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