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  • rahulb's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    ve got three tools for you to start playing with WTFcsv WordCounter and SameDiff Pop on over to https databasic io and give them a try Right now we re supporting Spanish or English and it is accessible to visually impaired via screen readering software Don t forget to watch the short intro videos on each homepage and check out the activity guides Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Introducing DataBasic io What is Civic Innovation in India Submitted by rahulb on March 9 2015 12 42pm Three of us Sands Alexis Rahul were in India in mid January to lead a week long workshop for Indian undergraduates about Civic Innovation Students and alumni from the MIT Media Lab have organized large Design Innovation workshops in India for the last few years focused on a bottom up approach to changing how engineering education happens in India There are certainly exceptions but Indian education is typically very traditional and there aren t many opportunities for sharing ideas and approaches across disciplines Our goal was to work with the 30 participants in our track and explore a few questions What does civic innovation mean in India Can we help these students apply their skills to problems that matter Do our methods and approaches for doing civic work apply in India Field Trips To explore what civic innovation means in India and to provide some inputs into our design process we took a few field trips around Ahmedabad Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What is Civic Innovation in India Lasers Food Data Telling a Story About Food Security Submitted by rahulb on August 11 2014 2 11pm Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville Yep 70 of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch laser cut onto a cucumber In public settings it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data driven argument about your cause We often argue that a creative data sculpture can grab their attention like maybe a vegetable laser cut with some data about food security Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Lasers Food Data Telling a Story About Food Security The Open Web and Participation Submitted by rahulb on June 23 2014 4 58pm Live blogged by Rahul Bhargava and Matt Stempeck Monday June 23 2014 3 45pm The Internet lowers coordination costs making it easier for groups of people to cooperate and work together Despite this it s often been hard to apply the lessons of online cooperation to the world of civics A set of exciting new projects and initiatives offers hope for what s possible and a clearer sense of the challenges of using the web to participate in offline social change Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about The Open Web and Participation Hiring Promise Tracker Web Developer Submitted by rahulb on May 6 2014 11 33am

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  • Aly Kreikemeier's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    the conversations I ve entered through the Introduction to Civic Media course Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Educating for Democracy Media Stories and Boston youth Submitted by Aly Kreikemeier on February 29 2016 7 46am Those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives the power to retell it rethink it deconstruct it joke about it and change it as times change truly are powerless because they cannot think new thoughts Salman Rushdie Story is powerful Whether the his stories ingested through schooling the discourses given voice in the news or the identities composed in popular culture we make the world and are made by the world through narrative Politicians get this media scholars get this the youth get this Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Media Stories and Boston youth Duplicity Access and Digital Inequality Submitted by Aly Kreikemeier on February 22 2016 10 25pm This week in Civic Media we discussed readings about digital inequality and blogospheres in Cuba and had the privilege of hearing from Paloma Duong who looks at digital media youth culture and the public sphere in contemporary Havana Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Duplicity Access and Digital Inequality My introduction to Civic Media Submitted by Aly Kreikemeier on February 18 2016 10 52pm I am a Master s student studying civic engagement and socially engaged art at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard and am excited to study civic media here I m new to the media world and am nearly a luddite when it comes to digital skills This said it was a pleasant surprise to find that although I can t construct digital spaces I can speak the language of participation social

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  • Of Nodes and Knots | MIT Center for Civic Media
    platform that is any single version of ourselves constitutes our online Self in its entirety Thus our online self is really a series of selves distributed across the Internet rather than restricted to any single platform Nonetheless it could be argued that the chronological basis of modern social media think news streams and live feeds actually represents the changing nature of self rather well If I change my mind about who I support in an election for example or start a new relationship social media platforms are well adapted to reflect that change and have an interest in paying attention to it for the purposes of more accurate targeted advertising Yet a fundamental adherence to a node based network structure is still evident on social media and the Internet more broadly Consider Facebook s resistance and reluctance to allow users control over how they name themselves on the network a draconian policy that has made life difficult for amongst others trans and Native American people Or consider Google s opposition to the European Court mandated Right to be Forgotten from its search index There is a reasonable case to be made on political grounds that information that should be in the public domain not be censored a priori by commercial organizations But the basic premise of this argument and indeed the debate more generally is that there is a given fixed irreducible self that may or may not be revealed by the presumably omniscient index of the web Thus the issue is presented as an epistemological one what should or shouldn t be knowable about ourselves rather than an ontological one who we actually are and how we are represented online Thus a fundamental node based structure predominates on the Internet supporting the notion that for all our changing tastes interests and relationships in a basic sense yesterday s you is today s you is tomorrow s you online To reiterate if this suits the business interests of leading social media platforms then this state of affairs is likely to remain the organizing principle of the commercial social web Yet one of the great advantages of civic and tactical media and technology is that it gives practitioners an opportunity to improvise and experiment with alternative approaches often with significant social and political consequences This is where Eric s essay and in particular his allusion to Vilem Flusser s work The City as Wave Trough in the Image Flood becomes so interesting and useful Flusser s concept of the self or subject is as a knot of relations as the intersection of various channels of information out of which the net of a city is formed Flusser continues We must imagine a net of relations among human beings an intersubjective field of relations The threads of this net should be seen as channels through which information like representations feelings intentions or knowledge flows The threads knot themselves together provisionally and develop into what we call human subjects Although writing before the

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  • Josh Cowls | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Of Nodes and Knots Josh Cowls s blog 2016 Year of the Tactical Takedown Submitted by Josh Cowls on March 7 2016 4 35pm The present presidential election is a spectacle in the truest sense of the word like few before Just as FDR s weekly radio addresses and JFK s success in the first televised presidential debate watermark the adoption and cooption of a particular communication medium for political ends so the 2016 campaign may go down in history as marking a seismic shift in the landscape of political uses of media The candidate leading the charge this time round is unquestionably Donald Trump currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination Yet it s a little more difficult to identify precisely which medium or platform Trump has coopted The most readily available answer seems to be all of the above although in different ways Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about 2016 Year of the Tactical Takedown Josh Cowls s blog Consider the Lawn Sign elections as civic engagement Submitted by Josh Cowls on February 21 2016 2 30pm Last week I had the chance to watch one of the world s great electoral political spectacles

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  • Josh Cowls's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Of Nodes and Knots 2016 Year of the Tactical Takedown Submitted by Josh Cowls on March 7 2016 4 35pm The present presidential election is a spectacle in the truest sense of the word like few before Just as FDR s weekly radio addresses and JFK s success in the first televised presidential debate watermark the adoption and cooption of a particular communication medium for political ends so the 2016 campaign may go down in history as marking a seismic shift in the landscape of political uses of media The candidate leading the charge this time round is unquestionably Donald Trump currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination Yet it s a little more difficult to identify precisely which medium or platform Trump has coopted The most readily available answer seems to be all of the above although in different ways Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about 2016 Year of the Tactical Takedown Consider the Lawn Sign elections as civic engagement Submitted by Josh Cowls on February 21 2016 2 30pm Last week I had the chance to watch one of the world s great electoral political spectacles the New Hampshire primary up close It wasn

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  • Surveillance in the Telegraph Era | MIT Center for Civic Media
    we had the telegraph there was a similar program called Project SHAMROCK The project involved accumulating all telegraphic signals that enter or exit the United States This data got printed and passed down to law enforcement agencies who sifted through it all to find evidence It can be thought of as a physical manifestation of database querying we use nowadays to match search terms except that comparison breaks down because the SHAMROCK investigators get to see a bunch of other communications in the search for information on an open investigation By the 60 s they did actually have an electronic system for searching for keywords Similar to PRISM Project SHAMROCK also depended on the cooperation of the companies that owned the telegraph lines Western Union RCA and ITT It got to be a big operation At it s peak it had 150 000 messages printed and analyzed every month In the mid 70 s members of Congress started investigating the program so the director of the NSA terminated it This resulted in the creation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which is the legal framework that the NSA operates under nowadays Nowadays the focus of surveillance falls largely on terrorism

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/samedson/surveillance-in-the-telegraph-era (2016-04-29)
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  • samedson | MIT Center for Civic Media
    terms except that comparison breaks down because the SHAMROCK investigators get to see a bunch of other communications in the search for information on an open investigation By the 60 s they did actually have an electronic system for searching for keywords Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Surveillance in the Telegraph Era samedson s blog Applying Decoding Models to Privacy Issues Submitted by samedson on March 8 2016 12 24am How do we find the hegemonic viewpoint surrounding mass surveillance in America President Obama introduces the issue in a speech At the dawn of our Republic a small secret surveillance committee borne out of the The Sons of Liberty was established in Boston And the group s members included Paul Revere The mentioning of Paul Revere is important He appeals to legitimacy by immediately framing the issue in a historic context and associating with it a prominent heroic figure of American history He continues tacitly justifying the current situation and takes note of potential for abuse but then takes a particularly enlightening turn relaying that here is an inevitable bias not only within the intelligence community but among all of us who are responsible for national security to collect more information about the world not less So in the absence of institutional requirements for regular debate and oversight that is public as well as private or classified the danger of government overreach becomes more acute Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Applying Decoding Models to Privacy Issues samedson s blog We Should Have the Right to Trust Our iPhone Passcodes Submitted by samedson on March 1 2016 12 37am Smartphones have become an almost universal tool for the masses mainly as a simple gateway to the Internet Though in recent years

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  • samedson's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    to match search terms except that comparison breaks down because the SHAMROCK investigators get to see a bunch of other communications in the search for information on an open investigation By the 60 s they did actually have an electronic system for searching for keywords Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Surveillance in the Telegraph Era Applying Decoding Models to Privacy Issues Submitted by samedson on March 8 2016 12 24am How do we find the hegemonic viewpoint surrounding mass surveillance in America President Obama introduces the issue in a speech At the dawn of our Republic a small secret surveillance committee borne out of the The Sons of Liberty was established in Boston And the group s members included Paul Revere The mentioning of Paul Revere is important He appeals to legitimacy by immediately framing the issue in a historic context and associating with it a prominent heroic figure of American history He continues tacitly justifying the current situation and takes note of potential for abuse but then takes a particularly enlightening turn relaying that here is an inevitable bias not only within the intelligence community but among all of us who are responsible for national security to collect more information about the world not less So in the absence of institutional requirements for regular debate and oversight that is public as well as private or classified the danger of government overreach becomes more acute Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Applying Decoding Models to Privacy Issues We Should Have the Right to Trust Our iPhone Passcodes Submitted by samedson on March 1 2016 12 37am Smartphones have become an almost universal tool for the masses mainly as a simple gateway to the Internet Though in recent years these devices have

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