Two of the tech world’s most respected commentators announced details of their new venture yesterday. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the journalists behind AllThingsD, launched Revere Digital, with financial backing from NBCUniversal News Group and Windsor Media, which is owned by former Warner Bros. head Terry Semel. “Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation?” the two wrote in a blog post. “Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves.” The original AllThingsD team, which includes Peter Kafka and Mike Isaac, will now be writing and producing stories on a the new site. AllThingsD’s annual D Conference has been rebranded as the Code Conference and will take place in Los Angeles at the end of May 2014. Mossberg’s consumer critic rival, David Pogue, also jumped ship last year, leaving the New York Times to head up Yahoo‘s … [Read more...] about Walt Mossberg And Kara Swisher’s New Abode Is Re/Code
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Fifty years after that first connection, the internet has become famous for connecting and informing the world—and for growing monopoly fears, privacy violations, and the spread of toxic speech, disinformation, and perhaps impeachment-worthy conspiracy theories. Don’t think of these problems as merely digital, says Sam Gill, a vice president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: They amount to a modern-day public health crisis and demand the kind of effort undertaken in previous eras to counter disease, filth, and social and economic ills. advertisement advertisement “At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, you not only had a new class of problems as the country densified and urbanized; you had problems that we didn’t quite know how to study and talk about,” he says. “And I think we feel the same way about the current moment—that there’s a new class of problems and they defy a lot of the traditional boundaries of … [Read more...] about Our new public health crisis? Knight’s millions aim to make the internet less toxic
advertisement advertisement In 2005 Emily May heard a horrifying story of a woman who’d been sexually harassed in a subway, she was outraged and fed up with the unreported and under-discussed epidemic of street harassment, so she decided to do something about it. So she started Hollaback!–an organization that allows people to visually or textually share their experience of street harassment online. Today over 2,500 people have uploaded their stories to Hollaback! from around the world, and Emily, 29, now serves as the Executive Director. The service has launched iPhone and Droid apps, too. Emily talked to Fast Company about the growth of Hollaback!, the difficulties of trying to create major change in our culture, and what it’s like to be on a power list with Nancy Pelosi and Rachel Maddow. What’s your big idea? Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology, media advocacy, and policy. By collecting women and … [Read more...] about Change Generation: Emily May, Executive Director, Hollaback!
This week a powerful documentary premiered at the Raindance Festival. Driving With Selvi follows a young Indian woman, Selvi, a few months after she pitches up at a women’s refuge center, after running away from her abusive husband. It’s a work that has taken Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi over a decade to complete, as she returned to India again and again to document how such a “powerful girl” reinvented her life after she got behind the steering wheel of a car for the first time. Now the director hopes that the documentary will be used as part of a grassroots campaign in the country to re-educate and inform Indians about child trafficking and forced marriage. advertisement advertisement Selvi had been married off a month after her first period for a dowry consisting of a pair of earrings and some household utensils. She was 13 years old. After putting up with years of abuse and torture by her husband—and immediate family members including … [Read more...] about How a Teen Girl Went From One of India’s First Cabbies To Women’s Rights Champion
Nancy Green, the newly-appointed president and Chief Creative Officer of Old Navy, started out as a merchandise manager at its parent company Gap Inc. in 1986. Prior to her shift to her Old Navy role, which was announced this week, she was president and CEO of Athleta, the Gap-owned athleticwear brand that offers women “buttery” soft leggings, as well as a source of inspiration. “The Power of She” campaign, which Athleta launched a few years back, aims to redefine what it means to be a healthy and powerful woman. advertisement advertisement Here, Green shares her tips and tools for getting the most out of every day. What’s your on switch? I almost always start my morning with exercise. Physical activity sets my body and mind up for the day. I have been practicing yoga for 12 years now and try to get a practice in whenever I can. Outside of yoga, in the summer, I love getting outside for a sunrise hike to clear my mind. In the winter, my go-to … [Read more...] about Newly-appointed Old Navy President Nancy Green says these books taught her the keys to being a great leader