Through an experimental class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business
that tries to use social media for the public good, a trio of students
posted a video to YouTube this spring promoting an organization that
hopes to save the lives of millions of prematurely born babies in India
and other developing nations by creating an innovative low-cost baby
Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. said it is taking a stand for free
speech by fighting a request from North Carolina tax authorities for
information on people who bought about 50 million items since 2003.
Companies across the technology industry — from Internet access
providers to social networking sites to video-sharing services — are
bracing for this week's release of a draft of a trade agreement that
they fear could undermine all sorts of online activities.
Magazines, like the rest of the media, are thought to be in trouble.
This is especially bad news for the conversation on which democracy
depends. For magazines are the place where news is put in perspective,
analyzed, considered in context and in depth.