Twitter Feeds Returning to Outernet


#1

When do you think the Twitter Feeds will return? Ken


#2

I’m not sure we’ll go back to Twitter feeds. Instead, we’ll switch to RSS feeds that have the entire body of text included in the feed.

Are you a ham? If so, have you seen the L-band signal in your spectrum analyzer? We’re live across two-thirds of the world. Starting August 1st, we’ll have full global coverage with the addition of the Asia-Pacific beam.


#3

RSS Feeds sound like a great idea.

Syed could you please explain a bit more about what feeds you will be making available.

Do you think we could vote to choose extra feeds?.

What is available as a RSS feed?

How Data intensive are RSS data Feeds.

How much Data a day are you expecting to transmit on the L-Band?

Seasalt.


#4

Feeds I think would be good

Creative commons international news in Spanish
http://www.20minutos.es/rss/internacional/

Reddit world news, covers pretty much all major stories in English & the headlines are written by users, not agencies, so I think you could use it.
https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/.rss

Radio free Asia in Mandarin
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/RSS

Human rights watch in
Mandarin ,https://www.hrw.org/zh-hans/rss/news, English https://www.hrw.org/rss/news French, Arabic.

Reporter San Frontier in English https://rsf.org/en/rss.xml & French https://rsf.org/fr/rss.xml Arabic http://ar.rsf.org/feed/

Amnesty in English, French, Spanish, Arabic https://www.amnesty.org/en/rss/?contentType=2561 https://www.amnesty.org/fr/rss/?contentType=2561 https://www.amnesty.org/es/rss/?contentType=2561 https://www.amnesty.org/ar/rss/?contentType=2561

World health Organisation disease outbreaks: http://www.who.int/feeds/entity/csr/don/en/rss.xml

Also to note if there are any particularly good twitter feeds that don’t exist elsewhere you could grab them with this: https://twitrss.me/


#5

The above would look a bit like this: https://www.netvibes.com/samuk#General

I think it gives a pretty good picture of what’s going on. I reckon we could probably get permission to get full text for all of them, apart from Reddit that would have to remain as teasers…


#6

Don’t forget Drudgereports frontpage. Its mostly text only interface.

http://www.drudgereport.com/


#7

Yes but don’t forget the world already has pretty good access to politically conservative US centric news.


#8

Several months ago, Outernet was sending Wikinews articles that were very good. Generally speaking, Wikinews has got a good reputation for being unbiased because of the diversity of contributors.

Perhaps this might be something the Outernet Community could live with if it were restarted. Ken


#9

My thoughts are how many news articles can be fitted onto a L-Band 20 MB a day download?


#10

Well in terms of news headlines this page comes in at 25.9kb (excluding images) I realise it’s just headlines, but it does give a flavour of what’s going on in the world.

This creative commons Spanish feed would be 26kb/ day for 12 articles which is what they put out on the 28th.

This wikinews feed, which I don’t personally rate for quality, but OK it’s creative commons is 12.32kb (without images)


#11

That all said, means L-Band can handle news feeds :slight_smile:

The bigger issue is what to feed, and I don’t think we’ll agree on that issue. But something should be broadcast to Outernet receivers in regions of the world where news is not readily available. Ken


#12

Yes for me it comes down to use cases. Here’s a few off the top of my head:

  1. Aid worker in Africa somewhere, fighting Ebola/ similar.
    Need: Info on weather (see proposal here), spread of ebola
    Likely source: Disease outbreak news

  2. Dissident in Arabic speaking North African/ Middle eastern country
    Need: News about the country/ repression from a source other than the state
    Likely source:One of the NGO’s sources in Arabic, listed on the right of this page: Human rights watch, Amnesty etc.

  3. Someone sailing offshore in Pacific/ Atlantic
    Need: Offshore weather
    Likely source: Weather proposal

  4. Dissident in a repressive Asian country
    Need: News about the country/ repression from a source other than the state
    Likely source: Radio free Asia in my language listed on the right of this page:

  5. Dissident in China
    Need: News about the country/ repression from a source other than the state
    Likely source: Radio Free Asia/ Human rights watch in Mandarin. (listed on right of this page)
    This is the key use case for me: If you make it work well for middle-class Chinese people the receivers will be locally produced, they will be shipped to North Korea

  6. Someone going camping in North America/ Europe
    Need: Weather
    Likely source: Weather proposa

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Above shows press freedom in 2014 according to Reporters without Borders. More here