J. D. Lasica
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J. D. Lasica
J. D. Lasica (2008)
|Occupation||Author, journalist, entrepreneur, public speaker|
Joseph Daniel Lasica is an American entrepreneur, public speaker and journalist. He is the author of Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation (ISBN 0-471-68334-5) (2005), a book about the copyright wars and the future of media.
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He began working in journalism as a reporter for the Passaic Herald News, then held several editing positions at the Sacramento Union and Sacramento Bee in California. He left newspapers in 1997 when he joined Microsoft's Sidewalk.com city guide as copy chief and managing editor.
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From 1997 to 2005, Lasica wrote dozens of free-lance articles for publications such as the American Journalism Review, where he was its first new media columnist; the Online Journalism Review, where he was its chief columnist; and the now-defunct Industry Standard magazine. In 2003 Lasica was editor of the white paper We Media: How Audiences Are Shaping the Future of News and Information, published by the Media Center at the American Press Institute. From 2004 to 2005 he was a columnist for Engadget, a technology blog. His book "Darknet" came out in May 2005.
In March 2005 he co-founded Ourmedia, a grassroots media community and one of the first video hosting and sharing sites on the Internet, with co-founder Marc Canter. He served as its chief executive until his departure in December 2008.
Lasica was also founder and president of Socialmedia.biz, a consulting firm and collaborative blog that provides social media services to companies. In May 2009 he launched Socialbrite.org, a learning center and collaborative blog for nonprofits and social change organizations.
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He has written three reports for the Aspen Institute:
(1) The Mobile Generation: Global Transformations at the Cellular Level.
(2) Civic Engagement on the Move: How mobile media can serve the public good.
(3) Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: The next-generation Internet's impact on business, governance and social interaction.
- "Darknet Casts Hollywood as Heavy". WIRED. July 19, 2005. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Rogers, Michael (July 18, 2005). "Will Hollywood Lock-up Our Movies?". NBC News. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- J.D. Lasica, Editor, We the Media American Press Institute, accessed May 4, 2010.
- Picking the Media's Digital Lock (book review) Mitchell, Dan. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]20 Aug 2005: C5.
- The Miami Herald business book review column Pachter, Richard. Knight Ridder Tribune Business News; Washington [Washington]11 July 2005: 1.
- J. D. Lasica, "Rapporteur", The Mobile Generation: Global Transformations at the Cellular Level: A Report of the Fifteenth Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute, February 2007), accessed August 17, 2007.
- J. D. Lasica, "Rapporteur", Civic Engagement on the Move: Archived 2015-04-08 at the Library of Congress Web Archives How mobile media can serve the public good: A Report of the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Mobile Media and Civic Engagement (Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute, July 2008), accessed September 4, 2009.
- J. D. Lasica, "Rapporteur", Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: The next-generation Internet's impact on business, governance and social interaction: A Report of the Seventeenth Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology (Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute, May 2009), accessed September 4, 2009.