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With apologies for the late notice, spend the rest of today and your Saturday applying for a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship.
Hacks and Hackers, a brief background:
Knight-Mozilla Fellows spend 10 months embedded with our partner newsrooms. Our Fellows are developers, technologists, civic hackers, and data crunchers who are paid to work with the community inside and outside of their newsroom to develop open-source projects. Fellows work in the open by sharing their code and their discoveries, helping to strengthen and build journalism’s toolbox.
Via Daniel Sinker, head honcho for all of this, Looking vs Leaping:
For the last two months, we’ve been looking for people who love to code—developers, civic hackers, journo-coders, data crunchers, stats geeks, and more—to join us at OpenNews as Knight-Mozilla Fellows, where you’ll spend 10 months creating open-source code, hacking around the globe, working in some of the world’s best newsrooms, and helping to build out journalism’s codebase on the open web. We’ve been looking for two months. There are only two days left. Leap.
Our five fellows will spend the ten months of their fellowship embedded in some of the best news organizations in the world: The New York Times, ProPublica, the Texas Tribune, La Nacion, and (in a joint fellowship) Ushahidi and Internews Kenya. There, you’ll have the opportunity to develop next-generation tools that are tempered in the real-world fires of breaking news. You’ll be in the room when news breaks and you’ll write code to react to it. You’ll create libraries and tools that will shape reporting on the world around you. You’ll write code that makes a difference. Leap.
In addition to working with the incredible colleagues at your newsroom hosts, you’ll also be part of a cohort of fellows—five total in 2014—who will be your collaborators, your troublemakers, and your friends during this adventure. Over your ten months, you’ll have ample opportunity to code together, travel together, and collaborate on ideas and experiments. You’ll make connections that will ripple out past your fellowship year and into the life that grows beyond it.
In four short weeks, the opportunity to apply to become a 2012/13 Knight-Mozilla Fellow will come to an end. We’ve been getting applications from developers, hackers, data scientists, and engineers all over the world—Kyrgyzstan to Kenya, San Francisco to Santiago—but we want your…
FJP: We’re late on this so there are now just three weeks to apply. Read through for details on the amazing opportunity.
A new feature in Firefox 4 is support for something called a DNT header. Activate it in your browser preferences and Firefox will tell servers that you do not want to accept any tracking cookies.
This is a big deal for lots of people, both those who have privacy concerns and advertisers who’d like to allay those concerns, plop a cookie on your browser, track you as you go about your business and serve up behavioral ads based on that business.
Publishers like tracking because it helps them know who their visitors are which, in turn, lets them work with marketers and advertisers to deliver high valued, premium ads.
All of which makes it all the more remarkable that the Associated Press is endorsing DNT headers.
Mozilla announced today that the AP News Registry has implemented support for the DNT header across 800 news sites, which see more than 175 million unique visitors every month. That’s a huge shot in the arm for Do Not Track, which was previously a great idea, but one with little real-world application.
Starting today, provided you turn on the DNT preference in Firefox 4, the AP News Registry will no longer set any cookies.
Kudos to Knight for specifically looking to partner with an organization that understands and does Open Source.
Via the Knight Foundation Blog:
Today we announce the Knight-Mozilla News Technology partnership, a $2.5 million project, featuring news technology fellowships and an innovation challenge. The partnership will accelerate media innovation by solving technological challenges, developing new news products and services of the Web and embedding technologists in news organizations. Everything done through the Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge and by Knight-Mozilla Fellows will be open, providing knowledge, solutions and open-source products that are valuable and useful to the whole field.
This partnership spurs media innovation and helps news organizations facing the same or similar challenges understand how to solve them. Strategically, this aligns with recommendation number one of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy to direct efforts toward innovation that promotes quality journalism.
Pilot programs will be run with the Boston Globe, the BBC, The Guardian and Zeit Online, among others.
A little more background:
The School of Webcraft is a joint partnership between Mozilla and Peer 2 Peer University dedicated to providing web developer training that’s free, open and globally accessible. Our peer-led courses are powered by learners, mentors and contributors like you. Our goal: make it easy for people around the world to gain skills and build careers using open web technology. (Learn more about the School of Webcraft’s vision and plan here.)
Participate, learn and bring new and updated programming Fu back to the newsroom.