Matt Stempeck

Matt's a Research Assistant at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab. He has spent his career at the intersection of technology and social change, mostly in Washington, D.C. He has advised numerous non-profits, startups, and socially responsible businesses on online strategy. Matt's interested in location, games, online tools, and other fun things. He's on Twitter @mstem.

by Matt Stempeck

Disclaimer: I’ve been a contractor with Google’s civic research team this year. I also bought two shares of Google stock a few years ago. This post has nothing to do with either of those two things. In a surprising gesture of transparency, Google has released their internal figures on employee diversity. The very first sentence [...] more »

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Recently, we looked at Vox Media’s strategy to build a modern media company. One big way the company has made a name for its properties (The Verge, Polygon, and SB Nation) is with full-team deployments to cover important live events. Major tech industry announcements like the product launch keynotes popularized by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs [...] more »

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Vox Media, the parent company behind tech website The Verge, gaming site Polygon, and sports site SB Nation, is a hybrid media and technology company that tightly integrates its coverage with internal software development. They produce original reporting on these topics, but they also produce software products to support that reporting. Internally, their product team [...] more »

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Image by @mstem Like Facebook and other corporate social platforms, Kickstarter last week was pressured to refine its policies governing which speech it will and will not accept and support on its platform. The catalyst for the conversation was a DoSomething.org petition with more than 50,068 signatures (in just over a day) against Ken Hoinsky‘s [...] more »

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Along with the other free peoples of the Internet, we’ve been discussing our reactions to PRISM, and whether and how U.S. — and global — citizens might be able to organize against this unprecedented digital spying. There are more questions than answers at the moment, and there’s an enormous challenge of confronting a massive entity [...] more »

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Last week I wrote up the #FBrape campaign’s strategy: to hold Facebook accountable for the misogynistic content of its users by pressuring advertisers. Only seven days after the open letter was published, Marne Levine, Facebook’s VP of Global Publicy Policy, published a response agreeing to the campaign’s demands to better train the company’s moderators, improve [...] more »

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There are many problems with using commercial technology platforms to host democratic, social, or activist content and communications. These problems came up in multiple sessions at the recent National Conference on Media Reform. There are also obvious reasons to continue using these platforms (audience reach, most notably), and so we do. Some activist efforts that [...] more »

by Matt Stempeck

I met my baby niece on Sunday morning. She was born late Saturday night. I went to some news sites to grab some screenshots of the things that happened the day she was born, and stopped myself. There were some really bad things happening in the world, Saturday, and every day. Instead, I wrote down [...] more »

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The following is an MIT Center for Civic Media lunch live-blogged by the Center’s Nathan Matias and Rahul Bhargava. Today, we’re hearing from the National Archives and Records Administration about the archives they maintain, how they’re making those archives available online at Archives.gov, and approaches to sharing the archives to broader audiences. Pamela Wright is [...] more »

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The following is a liveblog of an MIT Facebook recruiting event by Matt Stempeck, Rodrigo Davies, and Chris Peterson. We’ve had all of our data on Facebook for years. And advertisers have used Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform, similar to Graph Search, to segment and target ads at us for years. But now, the rollout of [...] more »