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  • Recent news from the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    time as the Egyptian revolution begins to be erased Baladi is a visual artist by trade and she spends a lot of time curating visual archives as part of her projects though working across disciplines and mediums in her projects Tahrir square and the revolution is a project that is very close to Baladi s heart having herself taken part in the protest and seen the power of the grassroots videos that were shared Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Lara Baladi Vox Populi Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age Katie Arthur s blog When the church says recycle you recycle Submitted by Raafat Majzoub on March 29 2016 6 45pm Lebanon has been suffering a garbage crisis for the past nine months and people are living within piles of garbage literally and the ruling elite does not seem that enthusiastic to resolve the situation The problem reflects the lack of infrastructure in the country and the crippling of local decision making where executive decisions need to pass by a parliament that is more interested in economic gain for its members than the public good The bright side is that this crisis has created pockets of unprecedented civil society movements that are not dependent on hegemonic powers of political leaders These initiatives have short life spans due to the lack of experience in undertaking such projects without an obvious leader but they are interesting indications of a learning process that has to happen in order to reach a sovereign everyday life a true meaning of citizenship The following example stands out because it s an interesting utilization of existing ideologies official municipal mediators locality a desire for change and a keen knowledge of the population Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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    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 Truth vs Proposal Submitted by Raafat Majzoub on March 6 2016 12 18pm Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Truth vs Proposal Raafat Majzoub s blog Hiring a Researcher Community Manager for Media Cloud Submitted by rahulb on March 4 2016 9 15am Come help social change organizations understand media conversations about topics they care about and assess how their media campaigns are doing in changing media narratives You ll use our suite of quantitative media analysis tools built on MediaCloud to explore online media coverage of issues such as wellness and health and or women s rights and social norms in both the U S and in selected developing countries Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Hiring a Researcher Community Manager for Media Cloud rahulb s blog So What is Speculative Civic Media Submitted by Raafat Majzoub on March 2 2016 5 53pm This is my first post here so hello I m Raafat here at MIT for a couple of years of research at the Art Culture and Technology program I m on this blog because I m taking the Intro to Civic Media class this semester Speaking from a Contemporary Art vantage point it could be argued that defining an era by time situation Contemporary rather than formal discourse i e Modernism is a label for a transition that has been kidnapped by an external non art related factor Art today as a ubiquitous global product conforms more to a global market kidnapper than to art itself This is not to say that art needs to be

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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    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 Aly Kreikemeier s blog Boy Better Get To Know Why Britain Needs to Recognise and Celebrate its Black Artists Submitted by Katie Arthur on February 28 2016 8 59am For the past few years grime has been making a small but significant shift in the mainstream Artists like Wiley Dizzee and Tinie have spilled over into the realms of pop culture Others like Skepta spilled over and pulled back again wanting to forge their own way into the limelight without conforming to polished beats and signing to major labels There s no question artists like Wiley and the Roll Deep crew set the stage for this new wave of artists Without Dizzee s enduring popularity his ability to draw crowds at festivals across the globe and collaborate with some of the world s biggest producers it s unlikely that artists like Skepta Stormzy and Krept and Konan would be in a position to retain a larger sense of their roots Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Boy Better Get To Know Why Britain Needs to Recognise and Celebrate its Black Artists Katie Arthur s blog 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

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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    to means something around here Before landing in Cambridge I worked with arts based storytelling and educational programming in New Mexico Some of the principles that I learned in that work such as engaged research and multiculturalism seem aligned with the basic principles of civic media I am eager to learn about others like transmedia organizing hactivism and constructing democratic space broadening my understanding of this discourse will I believe deepen my impact as an educator organizer and researcher in the field Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about My introduction to Civic Media Aly Kreikemeier s blog CMS 860 Intro to Civic Media Week 2 Networked Social Movements Submitted by Katie Arthur on February 12 2016 7 53am CMS 860 Intro to Civic Media Week 2 Networked Social Movements Readings Alicia Garza A Herstory of the BlackLivesMatter movement http collectiveliberation org wp content uploads 2015 01 Garza Herstory of the BlackLivesMatter Movement pdf Castells M 2007 Communication power and counter power in the network society International Journal of Communication 1 1 238 266 http ijoc org ojs index php ijoc article download 46 35 Costanza Chock S Mic Check Media Cultures and the Occupy Movement Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about CMS 860 Intro to Civic Media Week 2 Networked Social Movements Katie Arthur s blog reddit Moderators Let s Test Theories of Moderation Together Submitted by natematias on February 10 2016 1 01pm Are you a reddit moderator or the creator of software to support moderation bots browser plugins etc Do you have questions about the effectiveness of your tools or your approach to moderation Over the next few months I m looking for moderators tool builders and experienced community members to design moderation experiments together to answer questions or debates

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=4 (2016-04-29)
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    good We re looking for someone to work with us locally here in Cambridge MA or remotely the team is already scattered all over the world It d be helpful to have experience with managing and building out large software architectures for storing huge amounts of text data leading a team of developers and designers and good at delegating to them communicating ideas to non technical people planning large architectures involving multiple technologies and software language Read the full job description Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Hiring a Technical Lead for Media Cloud rahulb s blog Monitoring Explaining and Intervening Field Experiments and Social Justice Submitted by natematias on January 20 2016 10 16pm What role can field experiments and other causal research play in efforts toward social justice in social computing Aren t experiments tools for reductionistic top down paternalism How could causal inference ever support grassroots approaches to social justice This question is a central struggle in my effort to decide a dissertation topic The idea of participatory experimentation motivated me to work on the cornhole experiment It was also at the back of my mind in my talk on discrimination and other social problems online at the Platform Cooperativism conference start at 1 00 30 mark In this post I outline my current thinking on this question I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Monitoring Explaining and Intervening Field Experiments and Social Justice natematias s blog Civics in an age of mistrust and decentralization Submitted by willowbl00 on January 19 2016 5 08am I regularly coordinate a salon over at the New England Complex Systems Institute For the January salon at NECSI Ethan and Erhardt led a discussion and workshop on civics in a distributed society We explored how people with influence power money try to create change in the world how those affected by those changes view and respond to those attempts and changes and also what we would do as people of influence power money Many thanks to Ethan and Erhardt for their valuable time and attention as well as images used in this blog entry and to Erhardt especially for designing such a great workshop and for suggesting edits to the blog itself Y all are pretty great w Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Civics in an age of mistrust and decentralization willowbl00 s blog Mentorship Intellectual Freedom and a Great Environment For Research My MSR Internship at the Social Media Collective Submitted by natematias on January 14 2016 11 05pm The hardest part of being a PhD intern at the Social Media Collective last summer happened on weekday mornings On those mornings when I joined the optional Writing Power Hour we would sit together at a long table overlooking the Charles River and write For one or two hours we committed to silence collectively focusing on our work For a

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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    MIT s Center for Civic Media is developing a new platform to add contextual information to live streaming video and search across multiple live streaming services allowing viewers to more deeply engage with live streams The site is built on Meteor js and we currently have an early beta version deployed at www deepstream tv We are looking to contract with a Boston area developer who wants to play an active role in continuing the development of features and refining the UI This position is part time between 15 and 25 hours a week for 3 5 months This period will include providing support for early users and integrating user feedback It will also include an onboarding period for knowledge transfer from the current developer We would like to hire by mid February 2016 Ideally you would be open to the idea of joining the project on a longer term basis if we are able to secure additional funding Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Javascript Developer for Live Streaming Site gordonm s blog What would feminist data visualization look like Submitted by kanarinka on December 20 2015 8 33am Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What would feminist data visualization look like kanarinka s blog Exploring Citizen Sensing Submitted by joyab on November 22 2015 1 46pm MOTIVATIONS Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Exploring Citizen Sensing joyab s blog A New Starting Point for Understanding Online Harassment Submitted by natematias on November 20 2015 2 05pm If you re a platform designer or a researcher just starting to look into the issue of online harassment where is a good place to start To help you out we have created an Online Harassment Resource Guide which covers

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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    of Protestant Welfare Agencies and then took the idea forward with the New York City Council For 2016 the city approved of a 2 1 million Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative Arroyo talked about her hopes that they would be able to promote similar initiatives at a state and federal level Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about 9 Working Examples of Platform Cooperatives natematias s blog Platform Cooperativism Co Op Development Incubators and Decelarators Submitted by Katie Arthur on November 13 2015 6 21pm This discussion aimed to investigate the factors that help and discourage cooperative success Each of the panellists has direct experience in cooperative groups and the time is divided so each has separate time to explain their own experiences This post is a live blog of the session which is a part of the 2015 Platform Cooperativism conference at the New School NYC Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Platform Cooperativism Co Op Development Incubators and Decelarators Katie Arthur s blog Building New Supports for the New Workforce The Role of Solidarity and New Labor Institutions Submitted by Katie Arthur on November 13 2015 5 33pm What is happening to the economic activity generated by all the great projects we are a part of As a part of the 2015 Platform Cooperativism conference at the New School NYC this session brought together different perspectives including those with experience founding new labour organisations to discuss how the role of labour is changing and which innovations can best ensure it s supported Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Building New Supports for the New Workforce The Role of Solidarity and New Labor Institutions Katie Arthur s blog Organizing Labor in Platform Economies Platform Cooperativism Conference Submitted by

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=7 (2016-04-29)
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    and Challenges to Cooperative Economies Platform Cooperativism Conference natematias s blog What is Platform Cooperativism and Why is it Important Submitted by natematias on November 13 2015 10 50am this blog post was written with Katie Arthur What is platform cooperativism and why is it needed Today we re here at the New School in New York City for the Platform Cooperativism conference which is bringing together a remarkable range of speakers on the theme of creating online platforms that are owned and operated by their users and workers These two days feature speakers from a wide range of academic disciplines alongside people sharing their experiences of running co ops and advocating for fair work in platform economies Trebor starts out his jeremiad telling us that the missing element in discussions of economic problems is the lack of something we can say yes to something that people could actually build and support In this first session of the day Unpacking Platforms Trebor Scholz and Janelle Orsi offer a set of principles and platform examples that they hope will frame our conversations over the next two days Consequences of the Sharing Economy in the US Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What is Platform Cooperativism and Why is it Important natematias s blog Empathy and Israeli in Security Reflections on Miri Eisin s Security and Safety Challenges and Opportunities Submitted by Katie Arthur on November 12 2015 12 54pm Miri Eisin is a former Colonel of the Israeli Defence Force Her talk at MIT on the 2nd November 2015 prompted the question of how to fight the reification of victimhood narratives within the dialogues of protracted conflict situations and how to make room for emotion within our understandings of rational negotiations Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog?page=8 (2016-04-29)
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