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Pierre Omidyar

The Image of a Government Versus the Face of its People

Maryam Zar | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Maryam Zar

Today, we are at crossroads, not only in American politics but in American minds, of our view of Iran. Do we forgive the transgressions of the past and forget the chants of Death bestowed upon the Great Satan, whose citizen were marched on television blindfolded and branded spies; or do we refuse to see a population that is consistently asking for less Islam in their government and more freedoms akin to the democracy we implement here at home?

This Indian Foundation Is Protecting Wilderness and Helping Farmers

Pavan Lall | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Pavan Lall

MUMBAI -- The Foundation for Ecological Security in India has transformed denuded hillsides and valleys into healthier, biodiverse environments with opportunities for families to expand their livelihoods. This could be just the beginning of bigger things to come.

Ken Silverstein Resigns From First Look, Blasts Company's 'Incompetence'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.23.2015 | Media

First Look Media is going through yet another messy break up with one of its journalists. Investigative reporter Ken Silverstein announced over th...

Omidyar In Hawaii: The Billionaire In The Corner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Hawaii

Writing about the boss is always dicey. News outlets have never been good about reporting on themselves due to obvious bias and conflicts of intere...

Can Journalism Survive Pierre Omidyar and Chris Hughes?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Why, when it comes to applying their vast talents and even vaster bank accounts to the Gordian Knot of journalism, do Internet pioneers revert back to the old school model?

First Look Media Launches

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Media

In light of mass resignations at The New Republic, eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar may be setting an example for tech billionaires trying a hand in the...

Michael Calderone

First Look Media Shuts Down High-Profile Project | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- First Look Media announced Tuesday that the company is shutting down Racket, a never-launched satirical digital magazine that had been hel...

Ebay Founder Commits Another $50 Million To Fight Global Slavery

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact

(Adds previous donation) LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife are to donate an extra $50 million to ta...

Michael Calderone

Matt Taibbi Leaves First Look Media, Raising Questions About Company's Direction | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.29.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Journalist Matt Taibbi has left First Look Media, eight months after joining the billionaire-backed startup and before ever launching the ...

Matt Taibbi Disappears From Omidyar's First Look Media

New York Magazine | Andrew Rice | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media

Matt Taibbi, the star magazine writer hired earlier this year to start a satirical website for billionaire Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, has take...

Will Silicon Valley Save the Newspaper of Silicon Valley?

Mike Cassidy | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Mike Cassidy

When I wrote five years ago that the San Jose Mercury News was in trouble, I had no idea what trouble was. The peril for the paper of Silicon Valley has certainly intensified since then.

We Need the Media for Real Social Change

Alexander Busansky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Media
Alexander Busansky

We might ask whether media matters when it comes to bringing clarity and light to complex issues of building social justice in society. Does it help? Or hurt? Do sensational stories elicit solutions that work?

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

Justin Guay | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

When you dig down, it's pretty clear why these investment leaders would flock to off-grid solar. With rock-solid economics, an enormous addressable market, and eye-popping growth rates, the opportunity is immense.

The View From New Haven: What Went Wrong With Digital First

Dan Kennedy | Posted 06.02.2014 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The end may be near for one of the most widely watched experiments in local journalism. But for someone who has been watching the Digital First story play out in New Haven for the past five years, what happened today was more a disappointment than a surprise.

How Does eBay Founder Distribute Charity? It's Complicated.

Inside Philanthropy | Michael Gentilucci | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact

More than just about any other philanthropists, Pierre and Pam Omidyar have blurred the lines between their non-profit giving, and their for-profit in...

Mess With Glenn Greenwald at Your Own Risk

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.03.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

What better way to respond to the evidence of government overreach and criminality in the spying by the NSA and other agencies than to try to change the subject by smearing the people who are funding the reporting on it to us? This latest round of the media battle should not be surprising. In fact, it's all too predictable.

WHOA: Matt Taibbi Joins Glenn Greenwald At New Media Company

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Media

Longtime Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi announced on Wednesday night that he is leaving the magazine to launch his own website with First Look M...

Where Is Digital Media Going? GlobalPost's Phil Balboni

Heidi Legg | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Heidi Legg

Disruption in media is happening at a record rate. One week it's BuzzFeed and then next it's VOX. It's hard to decipher how things will shake out. There is a deluge of content, and we can't keep up. Who is going to finish? Who will win?

Glenn Greenwald's New Website Is Finally Here

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Media

The first digital venture co-led by Glenn Greenwald is now live. The Intercept, an online magazine edited by Greenwald and fellow journalists Laura...

Michael Calderone

Glenn Greenwald-Led Digital Magazine's First Issue Will Focus On NSA Documents | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -– Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire eBay founder backing an ambitious new online venture with journalist Glenn Greenwald, announced Thursday...

Michael Calderone

A First Look At First Look Media, The Omidyar-Greenwald Venture | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.29.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- After a couple months on the job, Eric Bates doesn’t yet have a title at First Look Media. “We’re all working very collaborative...

Chief Of Greenwald Site Unveils Big New Details

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 01.27.2014 | Media

Pierre Omidyar, the eBay founder who is spearheading a new media outlet called "First Look Media" along with Glenn Greenwald and others, released a vi...

More Details Emerge About Glenn Greenwald's Website

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.19.2013 | Media

Eager media-watchers who have been waiting for more details about the new media venture that Glenn Greenwald and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar are launc...

eBay Founder Weighs in on Hacktivists, Opening the Door to Important Civil Discourse

Jacob Devaney | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and CEO of Honolulu Civic Beat, recently published a blog, WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital...

WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 02.02.2014 | Hawaii
Pierre Omidyar

The government's actions against WikiLeaks in 2010 and companies' reactions to that pressure, as well as the prosecution of the PayPal 14 raise critical questions about the nature of the First Amendment in the digital age. The First Amendment is primarily a restraint on government intrusion and a bedrock principle of our society. How do commercial interests interact with those protections? How does government ensure space for free expression online when there are no public sidewalks or street corners? How can unpopular dissent resist government pressure when that dissent depends on commercial Internet providers to reach its audience? These are vital questions in today's society.