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Knight wants to help fix the Internet

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The first Knight News Challenge of the year asks: "How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?"

Knight, with help from the Ford Foundation and Mozilla, is offering $2.75 million for the winning ideas. The challenge aims "to attract a broad range of innovative ideas from journalism, policy, research and education."

The challenge comes just after Verge Managing Editor Nilay Patel wrote a much-passed-around essay called "The Internet Is Fucked (But We Can Fix It)." Its thesis: "the internet is a utility, there is zero meaningful competition to provide that utility to Americans, all internet providers should be treated equally, and the FCC is doing a miserably ineffective job."

Patel is skeptical that the market can address these problems on its own, because of lack of competition among Internet providers. He suggests pressure on the FCC to stop Comcast's planned merger with Time Warner, for instance:
American politicians love to stand on the edges of important problems by insisting that the market will find a solution. And that’s mostly right; we don’t need the government meddling in places where smart companies can create their own answers. But you can’t depend on the market to do anything when the market doesn’t exist.
Last month Dan Gillmor called on major philanthropic foundations to help address what he called the "the forces of centralization" he says are "inexorably strangling democratized technology and communications."
Please fund a bunch of research and development of open technologies and services. In other words, help re-create an infrastructure for tech liberty. Don't pick winners. Pick possibilities and help as many as possible, building on current experiments and projects and finding new ones that sound promising. Understand that most will fail, and be fine with that.
Knight plans a panel during SXSW called "Remember When the Internet Was Free?" on Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m.

Knight News Challenge announces $2.2 million grant for projects that ‘unlock the power of health data’

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it would award $2.2 million to seven projects that "harness the power of data and information for the health of communities," the foundation announced Tuesday. From a press release:
“By addressing the vital area of health each winner highlights the transformative impact that data, when used correctly, can have on communities,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation. “In this way, the projects tackle real-world problems while opening up opportunities for people to explore new ways to apply data — within the health sphere and beyond.”
The winning projects include Positive Deviance Journalism from Solutions Journalism Network, which, according to the press release, will collaborate with newsrooms "and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to scan data sets for examples of positive health results that can lead to important stories." Tina Rosenberg of Solutions Journalism Network described to Justin Ellis how it plans to use the money. (more...)

Knight pledges more than $3 million to winners of government transparency challenge

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Eight projects from the Knight Open Gov news challenge will divide the money, including the Oyez Project, which gets $600,000 to expand its collection of summaries and transcripts from Supreme Court cases to include information from federal appellate courts.

Oyez Project from Knight Foundation on Vimeo. (more...)

Knight News Challenge winner will make historical election data easily accessible

The winners of the latest Knight News Challenge announced today include a collaboration between developers at The New York Times and The Washington Post to create a free, comprehensive database of past U.S. election results.

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Knight News Challenge funds 6 projects focused on networks

The Knight News Challenge is giving more than $1.375 million to six projects that use networks in different ways to solve journalism problems.

Two of the winners announced Monday address issues on opposite ends of the journalism process:


51 entries move on to next round of Knight News Challenge

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The judging for the first of the thrice-annual News Challenge contests is going quickly. This one focuses on networks. Judges have whittled the list of entrants from 1,078 to 51. The contest page says: "Included in this 51 are the five applications that generated the most chatter on Tumblr: AmautaCont3nt, the Unconsumption Project, and PreScouter." Other projects by people I recognize: (more...)

Knight News Challenge to hold three contests a year to keep up with pace of innovation
The Knight News Challenge will continue beyond its initial five-year run, shifting to a shorter cycle of three contests per year rather than one. "The innovation cycle is so short that ideas can get old in the annual contest," Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, told Rachel McAthy of after he addressed the World Editors Forum in Vienna. Each contest may focus on a different area, such as mobile, he said. Google, which contributed $1 million to the 2011 winners, will continue to support the contest. || Related: From crowdfunding to data-driven journalism, four ways the Knight News Challenge is shaping the future ( || Earlier: Knight News Challenge gives $1.5 million to projects that filter, examine data (

Knight News Challenge winners announced

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Sixteen projects that push the future of news and information will receive a total of $4.7 million in funding. The 2011 Knight News Challenge winners are:

* Adaptive Path (San Francisco) for iWitness; $360,000; Jesse James Garrett, project lead
* The Associated Press (New York) for Overview; $475,000; Jonathan Stray
* The Awesome Foundation (Boston) for The Awesome Foundation: News Taskforce; $244,000; Tim Hwang
* Chicago Tribune for PANDA; $150,000; Brian Boyer
* Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) (Columbia, Mo.) for DocumentCloud Reader Annotations; $320,000; Aron Pilhofer
* The Kiwanja Foundation (Palo Alto) for FrontlineSMS; $250,000; Sean McDonald
* Media and Place Productions (Cambridge, Mass.) for Zeega; $420,000; Kara Oehler
* The Miller Center Foundation (Charlottesville, Va) for The State Decoded; $165,000; Waldo Jaquith
* El Mostrador (Santiago, Chile) for Poderopedia; $200,000; Miguel Paz
* NextDrop (Berkeley) and Hubli-Dharwad (India) for Nextdrop; $375,000; Anu Sridharan
* Open Knowledge Foundation (Cambridge, England) for Spending Stories; $250,000; Martin Keegan
* The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Cambridge, Mass.) for The Public Laboratory; $500,000; Jeffrey Warren
* ScraperWiki (Liverpool, England) for ScraperWiki; $280,000; Francis Irving
* The Tiziano Project (Los Angeles) for Tiziano 360; $200,000; Jon Vidar
* University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) for OpenBlock Rural; $275,000; Ryan Thornburg
* Ushahidi (Orlando) for SwiftRiver; $250,000; David Kobia

Steve Myers reports the Knight Foundation is directing almost a third of its $4.7 million in grants this year to help journalists and the public organize and analyze data and documents. || Jeff Sonderman describes four ways the News Challenge is shaping the future. (more...)


Knight News Challenge gives $1.5 million to projects that filter, examine data

The Knight Foundation is directing almost a third of its $4.7 million in News Challenge grants this year to help journalists and the public organize and analyze data and documents.

In different ways, several of these projects seek to solve … Read more

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From crowdfunding to data-driven journalism, four ways the Knight News Challenge is shaping the future

As the Knight News Challenge prepares to announce its fifth group of winners today, we looked back at the previous four years, in which 63 projects received nearly $22 million.

The Knight Foundation has spread that money around, … Read more

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