[hcs-d] Technology in the News

Neel Rai nkrai at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Feb 29 02:04:34 EST 2008

The recent on-campus FCC hearing?

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 9:42 PM, Joshua Kroll <jkroll at fas.harvard.edu>

> Hey HCS,
> Here's the story: I'm going to the Crimson on Sunday to talk about
> "Technology in the News," or what reporters need to know to research
> stories about technology effectively. This might be anything from whom
> to ask for analysis  on a particular topic to how something like the
> e-mail system (roughly) works and what its limits are. I'm trying to
> figure out what I should say.
> Naturally, whatever I say has to fit 2 conditions:
> -It has to be understandable by a general audience (at the point where
> it can be mangled into a newspaper article and still be correct)
> -It has to be something that CAN actually go into a newspaper article
> (i.e. not too technical or sensitive)
> My question is this: what should I talk about? What's interesting?
> What's going to be relevant to readers? What do Crimson reporters get
> wrong now? How can we make reporting on technology better?
> Topics might include:
> -The wireless system or the campus network
> -The e-mail system (and what's up with GMail)
> -Machine room fires
> -Security (or, "why GSAS got hacked, and why we should care")
> -Privacy on the Internet (or, "why the Isis archives weren't")
> -Facebook, MySpace, Google, Digg, and myWeb2.0Startup.com.net.us
> -Intellectual Property, File Sharing, Lawsuits, and the like
> Finally, if anyone would like to come with, I'm sure I can bring a few
> people to help out (or just to watch), but probably not too many. If
> the talk turns out well, we can do a slightly altered version for a
> general audience. Just let me know, and I'll send you the details.
> Discuss away,
> Josh
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