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Ethan Zuckerman on OVC 2011

It’s truly astounding how much has happened in the world of online video since we last gathered in 2010. We saw how citizen video became a critical element that galvanized the sweeping social changes across Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and the rest of the Arab World. We also watched what happens to public speech when it becomes too thorny to be hosted by private networks, as demonstrated by the take down of Wikileaks’ data by Amazon and Tableau.

As a researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (and now the new director for MIT’s Center for Civic Media), Ethan Zuckerman is one of the foremost experts on internet civil discourse. Last year he addressed the difficult tensions and compromises that exist with the current private hosting infrastructure for online video.

Unfortunately Ethan couldn’t join us this time around, as he is busily writing his book and transitioning to MIT. Instead, he was able to spare some time to record a video message to OVC 2011 participants where he discusses the impact of current events on these ongoing issues. Have a look!

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