Tag: MIT

by J. Nathan Matias

How can we use data to improve our lives, our communities, and the world at large? At the recent Microsoft Design Expo, students from eight universities showcased design projects along the theme of “making data useful.” To prepare for the Design Expo, students take a semester-long course, in connection with a liaison at Microsoft Research. [...] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

Is there such a thing as Christian hacking? The organizers of Code for the Kingdom, a 48-hour hack day with cash prizes, certainly believe so. Last month, almost 150 people gathered in San Francisco for Code for the Kingdom, a hackathon that gave away $11,000 in prizes to teams developing Christian projects. The event also [...] more »

by Matt Stempeck

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 »

by Rodrigo Davies

As recently as five years ago the story by Toronto Star reporters that they had seen a video purporting to show the city’s Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack with a drug gang would have likely sold a lot of newspapers for a few weeks, and been followed by a protracted trial and judicial process. Published [...] more »

by Matt Stempeck

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 »

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 Chris Peterson

Here’s what we know: At 2:50 p.m. two explosions occurred along on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police later detonated a third device further down the street. As of 6 p.m., two people are dead, and nearly 90 injured, according to the Boston Globe. At MIT’s Civic Media Center, we [...] 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 »