It’s App Week on BTR!
On today’s show, Rich Jones is the CEO of OpenWatch, a suite of free apps that turn smartphones into surveillance equipment for the ends of holding public authority figures accountable. Rich joins BTR’s Molly Freeman to talk about finding inspiration in Julian Assange and the work of aiding in scientific journalism.
And later, Molly is on the phone with Veronica De Souza, Community Manager for Digg and the creator of the viral ‘Binders Full of Women’ Tumblr account. The social media maven joins us to discuss the recent changes at Tumblr since the social media platform was taken over by Yahoo last month.
Also during our Promotional Air Raid, we encourage everyone to participate in our #BTRJamSession contest! Just take a picture of what you think the jam community means to you (be it ticket stubs, the audience pit of your favorite festival, a selfie of you in your festival garb, etc.) and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #BTRJamSession.
If you don’t have Instagram, you can post your photo on DJ Laura’s Facebook page.
The Week in Independent Media:
“American woman, UK man killed fighting alongside Syrian insurgency” (May 31, RT)
“UN human rights body condemns foreign fighters in Syria” (May 29, BBC News)
“Roiled by mystery GMO wheat, US races to reassure buyers” (May 30, Reuters)
“Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Wheat Threatens US Exports” (May 31, Center for Global Research)
“European council promises to comb U.S. wheat for Monsanto GMO strains” (May 30, Raw Story)
“More ‘legal highs’ available in EU, says drug agency” (May 28, BBC)
“UN expert demands freeze on robot weapons” (May 30, Straits Times)
“U.S. Company Allegedly Aids Syria and Iran Censorship Efforts” (May 29, Mashable)
“Texas lawmakers okay law to allow college kids to bring guns on campus” (May 27, Raw Story)
The Week in Under-Reported Stories in the Mainstream Media:
“Syria civil war: President Bashar al-Assad says ‘we will respond to any Israeli aggression next time'” (May 31, The Independent)
“Israel warns of action over Russian plan to give missiles to Syria’s Assad” (May 28, NBC)
“Israel says Russia’s plan to give anti-aircraft missiles to Syria a ‘threat'” (May 28, Fox News)
“Israel: Air strikes were ‘against Hezbollah and not the Syrian regime'” (May 6, The Guardian)
“Turkish police tear gas anti-government protesters” (May 31, Reuters)
“Obama to Pick James B. Comey to Lead F.B.I.” (May 29, The New York Times)
“Top U.S. tax breaks to cost $12 trillion over decade, benefit wealthy: CBO” (May 29, Reuters)
“Wal-Mart Is Fined $82 Million Over Mishandling of Hazardous Wastes” (May 28, The New York Times)
“Walmart found guilty of dumping hazardous waste nationwide” (May 29, RT)
“California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts’ charitable status” (May 31, The Guardian)
“California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts’ nonprofit status” (May 30, Sacramento Bee)
“Louisiana Lawmakers Just Can’t Quit Creationism, Kill Repeal Of Unconstitutional Anti-Science Law” (May 30, The Huffington Post)
“Louisiana lawmakers: Creationism trumps the Constitution” (May 30, Salon)
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