Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Has the digital revolution intensified anxiety about democracy?

Nov. 18, 2011, 3:41 p.m., Posted by Robertson Adams

Above: Reed Hundt, former chairman, FCC and current chairman, IDEA.

This post is part of "The Digital Revolution and Democracy" series. For more information on the series, read "Digital Democracy: A More Perfect Union."

“In the early days of the Internet as a commercial and social phenomenon, the thought was that the Internet would be the global common medium... building a platform for the world to connect to each other," says Reed Hundt, former chairman of the FCC during the Clinton Administration.

The pace in which it has connected people - 2 billion participants in 20 years - is "astounding," he said.

However, as the Internet has exploded in growth, the commercial interests in it may have diverged from public interests.

Creating a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota

Nov. 17, 2011, 1:48 p.m., Posted by Polly M. Talen

Wednesday was Give to the Max Day at and Minnesotans did indeed give to the max! Almost $13.6 million was raised for 3,978 nonprofits through online giving from 47,540 donors. is an innovative online resource seeking to change the way Minnesotans give and help create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota. It is a program of the Saint Paul Foundation/Minnesota Community Foundation.

How @documentcloud is turning documents into data

Nov. 17, 2011, 9:05 a.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Ted Han, DocumentCloud, in a video by Jon Vidar

Above, Ted Han describes how DocumentCloud, a 2011 Knight News Challenge winner, is developing a new feature allowing newsrooms to invite public participation in annotating and commenting on source documents.

The tool will help newsrooms involve their readers in the news and improve DocumentCloud as a journalistic tool and investigative reporting resource. The site recently merged with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

As a two-time Knight News Challenge winner (it won also in 2009 to launch), DocumentCloud already helps journalists analyze, annotate and publish original source documents. The site is used by more than 200 newsrooms nationwide.