Tag: boston

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 »

by Rodrigo Davies

Sam Jacoby, a master’s student in the High-Low Tech research group at the MIT Media Lab, contributed to this report. “Our job is to get government used to the idea of failing.” Nigel Jacobs’ New Urban Mechanics team at Boston’s City Hall has piloted several successful projects since its launch in 2010, from video game-inspired [...] more »

by Retha Hill

What a difference a year makes. The Online News Association Conference in Boston looked a lot more like America in terms of diversity than last year’s Washington, D.C., gathering. People of color were included in most sessions, including timely discussions on elections and crowdsourcing. From the opening plenary with Vivek Kundra, the former U.S. chief [...] more »

by Andrew Whitacre

One of the things we at MIT are very quietly considering — quietly in the same sense that I first considered getting a creative writing degree, as in, seduced by the prospect while overawed by the reality — is holding a large, public civic media conference as part of, or in addition to, our invitation-only [...] more »

by Val Wang

One of the first questions people ask when I tell them about our project, Order in the Court 2.0, to live-stream court proceedings is, “Is there a way to turn the camera off?” They must imagine a camera bolted to the wall, gobbling up images of domestic violence victims and child sex offenders with no [...] more »

by Val Wang

One of the first things First Justice Mark Coven told us when we went down to the Quincy District Court to start talking about our project, Order in the Court 2.0, was that we had to hold an all-court meeting to introduce the project to everyone to get their input. This seemed like an excellent [...] more »

by John Ewing

We’re just winding down my Knight News Challenge project, Virtual Street Corners, and haven’t had time to sort through all the recorded materials and debrief the participants, but I wanted to share some initial thoughts and reactions. The most encouraging takeaway from the project was the enthusiastic response it received. It seems to have struck [...] more »

by John Ewing

We are just two weeks out from the install date of Virtual Street Corners and our publicity campaign is gaining momentum. The project will connect two neighborhoods in Boston via live video connection in public places. We’ve been picked up a lot on the blogosphere, on CBC radio in Canada, and The Atlantic magazine came [...] more »

by John Ewing

Things have started to kick into gear for Virtual Street Corners, my project that will connect the Boston towns of Brookline and Roxbury by live 24-hour video connection. At this point the most time-consuming task is community organizing as we create excitement for the project and identify groups who will use the installation to generate [...] more »

by John Ewing

Comparisons are rarely drawn between the fields of art and journalism. But most of last month’s work on my Knight Challenge project, Virtual Street Corners, was spent networking and conducting research into these areas. Since I will be hiring several citizen journalists, I’ve been reading up on that topic, and thinking about the similarities with [...] more »