5. Republican Convention Protests Change Tack: 2008 in Review
1. Mumbai attacks
2. Natural disasters: Emergency info
3. SF Olympic torch relay protests
4. Obama and “Bittergate”
5. Protests at Republican Convention
6. Ushahidi: Crowdsourcing crisis info
7. CNN’s news wire plans
8. Mob rule: Mark Zuckerberg at SXSW
9. Twitter gets student out of Egypt jail
10. Fake report on Steve Jobs heart attack
2008 saw an explosion in the ways we gather, share and consume news. In recognition of this, NowPublic looks back at the 10 most important moments of the year in user-generated news. This is one of them.
Protesters turned out in force as US Republicans held their convention in Minnesota in September. NowPublic had live voice reports from the scene from contributor Mikasi, who was covering and photographing the demonstrations.
Through live video streams from sites such as The Uptake, and through NowPublic’s Scan, we also witnessed microblogging protesters sharing information about police numbers and locations, and about the direction of the protest, essentially changing the way in which the protests evolved.
- In connection with the US presidential election it’s also worth drawing attention to initiatives that were developed to monitor the campaign and the voting process.
Among them was Twitter Vote Report, which asked people to report voting problems by using a system of hashtags and zipcodes, plotting the information on Google Maps. And YouTube and PBS teamed up for Video Your Vote, asking citizens to document their experience at the polling booth.