Tag: civic media

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 Rodrigo Davies

Statistician and political polling analyst Nate Silver recently came to MIT’s Communications Forum at Comparative Media Studies to discuss his career — from student journalist to baseball prognosticator to the creator of FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the world’s most influential political blogs. He was in conversation with Seth Mnookin, a former baseball and political writer who […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

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 »

by Matt Stempeck

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 »

by J. Nathan Matias

A few weeks ago, I received a fascinating package in the mail. It was a copy of the gospel of Luke interleaved with graph paper and QR codes. Uncover, designed and printed by UCCF: The Christian Unions, is a digital campaign within a well-established tradition of gospel distribution that goes back to the 19th century. […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

If anything sums up this year’s MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, it was MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito’s argument for creativity and risk, encouraging us to pursue visions that we do not yet know how to describe. The Civic Media Conference is a new breed of gathering for networked thinking and doing: action research woven […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

During my work on Social Mirror, tablet tech for social checkups, I have been inspired by other amazing Media Lab social technologies. Here are 12 of the projects which I have found most inspiring, including one or two from other universities. Did I miss a project you love? Post your favorites in the comments. Social […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

It’s 2012. Nerds are in, and Internet memes can actually make you famous IRL. But way back in 2000, things were different. YouTube didn’t exist, and a video had to be sent around as an email attachment. (Remember RealPlayer?) Your mom yelled at you for tying up the phone line, and GeoCities plastered banners all […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

ROFLCon returned recently to MIT, bringing together the things and people who are famous on the Internet. Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and co-founder of the citizen journalist network Global Voices, was the moderator. He’s probably best known for the Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism. There […] more »