Hot on the tracks of my post about the new world of news, I've just picked up from Artur Bergman that the world bank is open sourcing a news aggregation service known as BuzzMonitor.
It's described as a:-
a "super-aggregator" that "allows users to aggregate all types of feeds (blog feeds, search feeds, news feeds) and collaborate around them. It provides tag clouds, Digg-like voting, Technorati and Alexa widgets, user tags and many other features.
This could well accelerate the Stentorocracy but also provides us tools for choice .
Whether it will create a true meritocracy is another matter but at least these new community mechanisms for identifying trust are starting to appear.