Ellen Hume

by Ellen Hume

Journalism requires not only a business model, but a culture. At the Center for Future Civic Media, we sometimes take a moment to reflect on the online news experiments begun in the pioneer digital media days in the 1990s, to keep a clear head about how journalism and social networks intersect. But perhaps we shouldn’t […] more »

by Ellen Hume

I have invited researchers at MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media to participate in an effort to blow the whistle on groups who are falsely presenting themselves as “ordinary bloggers,” but instead are paid to spread false information about candidates during the 2008 campaign in viral internet campaigns to influence voters. The project, already involving […] more »

by Ellen Hume

One of the graduate students working with our Center for Future Civic Media at MIT was offended by the New York City “See Something, Say Something” Mass Transit Authority’s anti-terrorism campaign. Alyssa Wright felt it had an unhealthy impact on her city, encouraging people to look at each other with heightened suspicion. She read in […] more »

by Ellen Hume

Here at MIT, summer means time to dig into our research. A group of us at the Center for Future Civic Media is working on a white paper defining “civic media.” We are interested in how civic media is empowering new user-creators, with related effects on governing elites. Inspiring people to take action, through access […] more »