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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Gender in Memoriam Obituaries reflect society s values for men s and women s achievements aspirations and families Gender in Memoriam shows twenty years of language used by the US media to talk about society s READ MORE Digital Humanitarian Marketplace The Internet has disrupted the aid sector like so many other industries before it In times of crisis donors are increasingly connecting directly with affected populations to provide participatory READ MORE Controversy Mapping How does a media controversy become the only thing any of us talk about Using the Media Cloud platform we re reverse engineering major news stories to visualize how ideas spread how media frames READ MORE Civic Maps Toolkit The Civic Maps Toolkit is an online resource designed to introduce novice users to the field of civic maps support the integration of mapping into their work and provide clear overviews of specific READ MORE Civic Crowdfunding The Civic Crowdfunding project is an initiative to collect data and advance social research into the emerging field of civic crowdfunding the use of online crowdfunding platforms to provide services READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd Lilia Kilburn Lorrie LeJeune Luis

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    for civic engagement be more seamlessly integrated into our daily lives Placing a layer of civic actions on top of the urban environment aims to continue the tradition of Jane READ MORE What We Watch More than a billion people a month visit YouTube to watch videos Sometimes those billion people watch the same video What We Watch is a browser for trending YouTube videos Some videos trend in a READ MORE Postmarked Visualizing disempowerment Each day we walk by silent buildings and lots Absent landlords hibernating developers abandoned lots their impact as part of the patchwork is subtle but real Be they eyesore or brownfield READ MORE Erase the Border Erase the Border is a web campaign and voice petition platform It tells the story of the Tohono O odham people whose community has been divided along 75 miles of the US Mexico border by a fence READ MORE User Generated Censorship Chris Peterson has spent much of the last year exploring user generated censorship the process by which people manipulate social media to suppress speech with which they disagree We often think of READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Globe Mapping the Globe is an interactive tool and map that helps us understand where the Boston Globe directs its attention Media attention matters in quantity and quality It helps determine what we READ MORE T I C K L E The Toy Interface Construction Kit Learning Environment T I C K L E is a universal construction kit for the rest of us It doesn t require 3D printers or CAD skills Instead it s a DIY social READ MORE Social Mirror Social Mirror transforms social science research by making offline social network research cheaper faster and more reliable Research on whole life networks typically involves costly paper forms READ MORE PageOneX Newspaper front pages are a key source of data about our media ecology Newsrooms spend massive time and effort deciding what stories make it to the front page PageOneX makes coding and visualizing READ MORE Media Meter What have you seen in the news this week And what did you miss Are you getting the blend of local international political and sports stories you desire We re building a media tracking platform READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=4 (2016-04-29)
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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    We want to help people in nations where electric power is scarce sell power to their neighbors We re designing a piece of prototype hardware that plugs into a diesel generator or other power source READ MORE Codesign Studio Involving communities in the design process results in products more responsive to a community s needs more suited to accessibility and usability concerns and easier to adopt Civic media tools READ MORE Between the Bars Between the Bars the blogging platform for people in prison now has over 500 bloggers who have published nearly 8000 posts each originating from postal mail From heartfelt letters to their family READ MORE VoIP Drupal VoIP Drupal is an innovative framework that brings the power of voice and Internet telephony to Drupal sites It can be used to build hybrid applications combining regular touchtone phones web SMS READ MORE Hero Reports Crónicas de Héroes Hero Reports is a web based campaign of positive thinking established in New York during 2001 The most successful instance of Hero Reports a Spanish version called Crónicas de Héroes is deployed READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd Lilia Kilburn Lorrie LeJeune

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    is a software platform designed to allow people in a small geographic community to share information plan events and make decisions using media that is as broadly inclusive as possible READ MORE NGO2 0 NGO2 0 is a project grown out of the work of MIT s New Media Action Lab The goal of NGO2 0 is to strengthen the digital and social media literacy of Chinese grassroots NGOs Since 2009 the project READ MORE Free City Concluded The Free City project aims to design new technologies and methods to transform cities into places that are more engaging sustainable accessible and connected for all Through the creation of READ MORE Timenesia Not Currently in Development Many communities suffer from timenesia a lack of awareness of and interest in their own past present and future They don t showcase their rich past aren t aware of their neighbors different READ MORE Grassroots Mapping Graduated Grassroots Mapping is a series of participatory mapping projects involving communities in cartographic dispute It helps citizens use balloons kites and other simple and inexpensive tools to READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd Lilia Kilburn Lorrie LeJeune Luis

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Projects at the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    MORE Cartagen Concluded Cartagen is a set of tools for mapping enabling users to view and configure live streams of geographic data in a dynamic personally relevant way Today s mapping software is largely based on static READ MORE Red Ink Concluded Red Ink is an open source social financial web service that enables people to share aggregate analyze visualize and publish their financial transactions as individuals and ad hoc groups Virtual READ MORE Sourcemap Graduated Sourcemap is a social network built around supply chains enabling collective engagement with where things come from and what they are made of How might communities use it An open source project READ MORE extrAct Landman Report Card Not Currently in Development ExtrAct a set of Internet based databasing mapping and communications technologies for communities impacted by natural gas development is a novel platform for community education and civic action READ MORE Selectricity Concluded Selectricity is voting machinery for the masses It consists of a suite of tools to allow groups of people to make decisions using cutting edge voting technologies While most voting technology READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 COMMUNITY A Shapiro Aditi Mehta Alexa Mills Alexander Ho Alexandre Goncalves Alexis Hope Ali Hashmi Alyssa Wright Amy Johnson Andre Muggiati Andres Lombana Bermudez Andrew Whitacre Anne Callahan Arlene Ducao Audubon Dougherty Aviva Hope Rutkin Catherine D Ignazio Charlie DeTar Cheekay Cinco Chelsea Barabas Chris Peterson D Denise Cheng Edward L Platt Edward Schiappa Emilie Reiser Erhardt Graeff Eric French Ethan Zuckerman Gabi Schaffzin Gordon Mangum Guillermo Hailey Lee Heather Craig Helena Puig Larrauri Ian Condry J Nathan Matias Jing Wang Joanna Kao Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Julia Ma Kalpana Jain Kate Crawford Katie Arthur Kyle Yuan Leo Bonanni Leo Burd Lilia Kilburn Lorrie LeJeune Luis Capelo

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/projects?page=7 (2016-04-29)
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  • Mapping the Trayvon Martin Media Controversy | MIT Center for Civic Media
    900 percent spike in social media traffic to the petition between March 12th and 15th Figure 3 Celebrity driven surge in Change org signatures dark blue while the story begins to gain traction in other media Act III National Exposure March 16 22 Figure 4 Network of Interlinked Media during Act III In Act III the mainstream media strengthened their positions as the predominant authorities The energy building around the story accelerated sharply on March 16th when Crump was successful in his quest to secure the public release of the audio of the 911 call Zimmerman placed while he pursued Martin with a gun The audio of the call established that the 911 operator asked Zimmerman not to pursue Martin This explosive evidence increased the story s reach across the Web We see upticks in Media Cloud stories and Google Searches for both Martin and Zimmerman While television had helped spread the Trayvon story in Act II Broadcast Television took up the story in earnest after the release of the 911 tapes The audio may have been especially important for broadcast media as it gave radio and television an actuality to build a story around Figure 5 Effect of 911 Tapes on Media Attention general rise on all media channels on 17 March with notable spikes in Media Cloud stories light blue and Television coverage green on March 18th This strong televised coverage preceded a second wave of sharp growth in Change org petition signatures and mentions in online news article and blog posts The Change org petition surpassed a million signatures and civil rights leaders and activists began holding rallies and marches in Sanford New York City London and elsewhere starting March 21st The most notable of these marches was the Million Hoodie March in New York City initiated by digital strategist Daniel Maree Act IV Political Agenda Wars March 23 April 10 Figure 7 Network of Interlinked Media during Act IV Nearly a month after Martin was shot a reporter asked President Obama about the case during an unrelated press conference in the White House Rose Garden The President alluded to the potential of racial profiling by saying that if he had a son he would look a lot like Trayvon The day following Obama s statement brought hundreds of blog posts tens of thousands of tweets continued strong TV coverage front page stories in national newspapers and shortly afterwards the Change org petition passed the two million signatures mark On March 25th Howard University students released their video campaign entitled Am I Suspicious which garnered hundreds of thousands of online views and additional media attention On March 26th the Change org petition signatures were delivered to the Florida Attorney General Sanford Police Chief US Attorney General and Florida s 4th District State s Attorney The actions taken online and offline incendiary comments by pundit Geraldo Rivera and the President s statement broadened the story beyond the focus on the events of February 26th The Pew Research Center reported that the Trayvon Martin story received the highest level of sustained coverage of any other story with a racial component they had seen in the past five years of weekly media tracking Given the broad media attention paid to the case what started as a battle for justice around a singular event became a political battle with both sides harnessing the attention trained on the story for political gain We used subgraphs of the linked Media Cloud network to understand different media framings of the story This allowed us to identify which actors were important in introducing the frames In this act we see evidence that actors on the political right worked to establish a narrative that undercut our understanding of Martin as an innocent victim On March 25th Dan Linehan lead author of the Wagist blog asserted that Trayvon was a drug dealer This reframing of Trayvon as dangerous not innocent was then amplified by a number of right wing blogs Although there was no solid evidence to support the Wagist s claim that Martin was a drug dealer the narrative was effective in that it ended up being echoed by those in the mainstream media if only to report that there was no credible evidence that the claim is accurate This strategy of introducing a new story framing worked at least as determined by volume of mainstream media mentions of the argument that Trayvon wasn t an innocent teen Figure 9 Network of Interlinked Media mentioning Drug Dealer during Act IV The influence of Wagist is visible in drug dealer sub graphs in Figure 9 We even see Left leaning blogs and organizations like Think Progress repeating the framing if only to chime in and debunk the assertions Activist on the Right were able to gain mainstream coverage for their framing causing opponents to respond perpetuating a debate that features the desired framing We also identified concerted efforts to use the attention the story had attracted to connect the public to broader national issues behind the events The Center for Media and Democracy a progressive group concerned about the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC proved very effective in propagating their own original reporting published on their website PRWatch org and through their campaign microsite ALEC Exposed The organization had begun an anti ALEC campaign seven months before Trayvon Martin was shot and successfully made the connection between the shoot first Stand Your Ground law used to justify Zimmerman s actions and ALEC s behind the scenes influence in passing these laws in 24 states Figure 11 Network of Interlinked Media mentioning American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC during Act IV Huffington Post contributors wrote pieces connecting ALEC Trayvon and Stand Your Ground These pieces made arguments that were soon echoed elsewhere in the liberal blogosphere From March 21st on ALEC can be seen as a sustained frame in our Media Cloud data The Left successfully pressured several of the target ALEC sponsor companies to

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/erhardt/mapping-the-trayvon-martin-media-controversy (2016-04-29)
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  • abhidas | MIT Center for Civic Media
    for the creation and organization of local action groups incorporating a set of tools into the site that facilitates the operation of these groups Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about A civic media success story examining the BBC Action Network abhidas s blog Civic Engagement and Fan Communities The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Submitted by abhidas on October 19 2007 2 24pm Given the possibilities suggested by the Center s goal of developing new technologies for communities that need them it is easy to forget the ways in which pre existing groups are utilizing older tools to further the cause of civic engagement One example of such a group is that of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund CBLDF a non profit organization incorporated in 1990 with the explicit intention of fighting censorship and defending the first amendment rights of comic book professionals throughout the United States Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Civic Engagement and Fan Communities The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund abhidas s blog 2 comments John Coate speaks on Civic Media Submitted by abhidas on September 27 2007 1 21pm John Coate spoke to the Center for Future Civic Media yesterday about the relationships between online and physical communities and his experience with related projects he was involved in pioneering The focus of the presentation was the importance of fieldwork practical applications and face to face networking in the process of constructing civic media technologies and online communities He illustrated this by connecting his time with travelling communes and activists in the 1960 s and 70s to his later work in helping to launch landmark online communities such as the WELL Whole Earth Lectronic Link The WELL is one of the oldest surviving online communities Its success

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/abhidas (2016-04-29)
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