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  • Team | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Space Place and Popular Culture Popular Culture and the Chinese State China s Avant Garde Fiction Cinema and Desire with Tani Barlow Her current research interests include advertising and marketing civic media and communication social media action research pop culture and nonprofit technology with an area focus on the People s Republic of China Her book Brand New China Advertising Media and Commercial Culture is available from Harvard University Press READ MORE Jude Mwenda Ntabathia Research Assistant Jude is a research assistant at the Center for Civic media Prior to joining the media lab he worked with journalists in Kenya and Africa on developing both civic and journalistic tools READ MORE Kate Crawford Visiting Professor Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research a Visiting Professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media and a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Over the last ten years she has researched the social political and cultural contexts of networked technologies Her current work focuses on a range of data practices from the ethics of big data crisis informatics networked journalism and the everyday uses of mobile and social media She has conducted large and small scale ethnographic studies in Australia India and the US Previously she was the Deputy Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and a founding member of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney READ MORE Katie Arthur MIT Comparative Media Studies Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Civic Media Center With an intellectual passion grounded in enthusiasm for real grassroots social change and consciousness raising Katie s interests lie in empowerment through discourse and discursive strategies READ MORE Leo Burd Research Affiliate Leo Burd is a researcher with the Center for Civic Media where he is developing novel technologies and approaches to bridge the digital divide and foster social empowerment Leo is particularly interested in the design of innovative phone web and mapping applications to support youth participation social inclusion and local civic engagement Prior to joining the Center Leo was part of Microsoft s Global Learning Research team directed a non profit organization that built computer and citizenship schools in Sao Paulo slums and was involved in a variety of projects that used technology to improve quality of life in different parts of the world READ MORE Luisa Beck Luisa loves stories Stories conveyed through words numbers audio and visuals She likes to think about how those stories are told and how to involve more people in the process She grew up in Germany and California During and after her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley she worked in Chennai Goettingen Munich Duesseldorf and New York She s most recently made her home in Somerville and you can find her studying and making maps audio documentaries designing workshops asking Python questions on Stackoverflow or scoping out community art projects READ MORE Rahul Bhargava Research Scientist Rahul Bhargava is a researcher and technologist specializing in civic technology and data literacy He creates interactive websites used by hundreds of thousands playful educational experiences across the globe and award winning visualizations for museum settings As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media Rahul leads technical development on projects ranging from interfaces for quantitative news analysis to platforms for crowd sourced sensing He has a special interest in how new technologies are introduced to people in settings focused on learning Rahul is a drummer and father based in Somerville MA READ MORE Rodrigo Davies Research Affiliate Rodrigo is a civic technologist and researcher who designs builds and analyzes tools to help communities and governments collaborate for social good He leads the product team at Neighborly a new platform for individuals and households to invest in their community through municipal bonds Rodrigo co founded Build Up an award winning social enterprise working on technology supported methods for resolving conflict and developing communities and published the first large scale study of civic crowdfunding while a masters student at MIT and a Research Assistant at the Center He is currently on leave from a PhD at Stanford University and has previously served as an adviser and product manager to the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston the United Nations Development Program and the UK based crowdfunding platform Spacehive READ MORE William Uricchio Professor of Comparative Media Studies William Uricchio is Professor and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands He has held visiting professorships at Stockholm University the Freie Universität Berlin and Philips Universität Marburg and Guggenheim Fulbright and Humboldt fellowships have supported his research Uricchio considers the interplay of media technologies and cultural practices and their role in re constructing representation knowledge and publics In part he researches and develops new histories of old media early photography telephony film broadcasting and new media when they were new And in part he investigates the interactions of media cultures and their audiences through research into such areas as peer to peer communities and cultural citizenship media and cultural identity and historical representation in computer games and reenactments READ MORE Willow Brugh Research Affiliate I am an organic chat client spanning a multitude of subcultures and putting like minded but differently disciplined people in touch Many of these connections are made at events I co organize and facilitate like Random Hacks of Kindness SpaceApps Challenge Konbit Technologie the first hackathon to ever take place IN Haiti H4D2 and EveryoneHacks I am a co founder and current board member of Jigsaw Renaissance a learning and making community in Seattle co founder and past director of Space Federation linking together hacker and maker spaces and current director Geeks Without Bounds GWOB is an accelerator for humanitarian projects and deployed with the FEMA Innovation Team for Hurricane Sandy response 2013 brings the new adventure of researching how decentralized groups scale at MIT s Center for Civic Media Find this robot just about anywhere as willowbl00 READ MORE Yesica Guerra Director of Crónicas de Héroes Hero Reports Yesica a researcher in urban design with a master s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT devotes most of her research in border issues between Mexico and the United States She challenges the notion of pair cities as separate entities instead looking at them through a unilateral lens where the conflict manifested in opposing relations between needs values interest and concerns of the two different entities can become the tool for negotiation among multiple systems Following her graduation from MIT Ms Guerra was granted an Internship at UNESCO s headquarters in this organization Ms Guerra collaborated in the creation of a toolkit guide for social and spatial inclusion for international migrants Currently Yesica is the Director of Crónicas de Héroes Hero Reports and Research Affiliate of the Center for Civic Media READ MORE ALUMNI Abhimanyu Das READ MORE Alexandre Goncalves Research Assistant Comparative Media Studies Alexandre Goncalves is a Brazilian Science reporter He worked for O Estado de S Paulo newspaper covering biotechnology and science policy Before becoming a journalist he worked as an information architect at many software companies He is interested in issues such as democracy in the digital era social implications of new media and communication activism to promote social reform These interests are fueled by his experience in the media and his knowledge of information technology READ MORE Ali Hashmi M Ali Hashmi is interested in projects and ideas at the intersection of journalism and technology In particular Ali is interested in 1 understanding the ontology of digital asymmetries on the Internet and 2 developing relevant media technologies for leveling the inequalities produced by these asymmetries At the lab Ali is working on applying machine learning and natural language processing on large scale journalistic corpora Prior to MIT Ali was a McCormick scholar at Medill Northwestern and a Knight fellow at the Globe Lab Boston Globe NYTCO He has worked as a software architect and development manager for Bell Canada for more than eight years leading Business Intelligence and data integration teams in Toronto Montreal London Ontario and Bangalore he has also worked as a journalist in Pakistan He holds an MSJ degree from Northwestern University a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario READ MORE Andrew Whitacre Communications Director Andrew conducts the communications efforts for MIT Comparative Media Studies Writing and its research groups including the Center for Civic Media from 2008 to 2015 A native of Washington D C he holds a degree in communication from Wake Forest University with a minor in humanities as well as an M F A in creative writing from Emerson College His work includes drawing up and executing strategic communications plans with projects such as website design social media management and training press outreach product launches fundraising campaign support and event promotion READ MORE Becky Hurwitz Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer Becky is the Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer at the Center She spends her time with changemakers of many kinds codesigning tools and methods to leverage media and technology for equitable social change Prior to joining the Center she led the SaferMobile project at MobileActive a program to educate and train activists journalists and human rights defenders in mobile phone security Becky has lived domestically and internationally working at the intersections of social justice technology design and development and media making She is particularly dedicated to the demystification of technology and the democratization of technology creation and use Becky holds a B S in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and an M S in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley iSchool READ MORE Benjamin Mako Hill Fellow Benjamin Mako Hill is an scholar activist and consultant working on issues of technology and society He is currently a researcher and Ph D Candidate in a joint program between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Civic Media His research focuses on sociological analyses of social structure in free culture and free software communities He has been an leader developer and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects He is the author of several best selling technical books and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors He is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation and the One Laptop per Child project Hill as a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab READ MORE Charlie DeTar PhD student in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab Charlie is a graduate student in the Speech Mobility group READ MORE Chelsea Barabas Head of Social Innovation Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab In 2009 Chelsea graduated from Stanford with a B A in Sociology and minors in Arabic and Feminist Studies Prior to coming to MIT she worked with an international development start up called Nuru International With Nuru Chelsea headed up the development of co learning and design opportunities between Western development practitioners and local social entrepreneurs Chelsea s research at Civic Media focuses on how alternative learning pathways translate into career opportunity for individuals who traditionally face significant obstacles to accessing higher education The heart of this work is concerned with understanding evolving notions of meritocracy within the tech industry and how that shapes the way that race gender and educational pedigree influence an individual s career trajectory in technical fields As a thin blooded Texas native Chelsea hopes to thrive in her studies by hiding from the cold weather aka anything below 80 degrees in the library and labs on campus Her desk will be the one with the vitamin D sun lamp nearby READ MORE Chris Csikszentmihályi Former Director Principal Investigator Chris Csikszentmihályi co founded the Center and became its Director in 2009 Csikszentmihályi also founded the MIT Media Lab s Computing Culture group known for developing political technologies that rebalance power between citizens corporations and governments Trained as an artist he has worked in the intersection of new technologies media information activism and the arts for 16 years lecturing showing new media work and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow and a 2007 2008 fellow at Harvard s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and he recently served on a US State Department tech delegation to explore technological tools to strengthen civil society in the face of narco trafficking violence in the Mexcio US border region READ MORE Chris Peterson Research Assistant Comparative Media Studies Chris Peterson is an admissions officer teaching assistant and researcher at MIT He works at the intersection of digital strategy new media and social change In addition to his research affiliation with Civic he is on the Board of the National Coalition Against Censorship a Fellow at the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and the founder owner and sole proprietor of BurgerMap org He earned his B A in Critical Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he completed his thesis on Facebook privacy and as contextual integrity advised by Ethan Katsh and Alan Gaitenby He earned his S M in Comparative Media Studies from MIT where he completed his thesis on user generated censorship advised by Ian Condry Ethan Zuckerman and Nancy Baym READ MORE Christina Xu Christina Xu multitasks at Breadpig an uncorporation that directs geek resources towards fixing the world She is also the founding director of the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies a Knight News Challenge winning nonprofit that promotes microgranting as a new alternative to traditional funding READ MORE Colleen Kaman READ MORE Daniel Schultz Knight Mozilla Fellow Dan Schultz slifty is a 2012 Knight Mozilla Fellow working at The Boston Globe to explore opportunities for newsroom innovation He graduated from the MIT Media Lab in 2012 where he designed and prototyped an automated bullshit detector for the Internet Before coming to the lab Dan was trained to think in terms of systems at Carnegie Mellon University and was awarded a Knight News Challenge grant to write about Connecting People Content and Community on the PBS Idea Lab READ MORE Danielle Martin READ MORE Denise Cheng A West Coast girl at heart Denise Cheng comes to MIT from all over Her background is a mix of journalism media empowerment and community building including as a Peace Corps volunteer and the citizen journalism coordinator for The Rapidian a hyperlocal based in Grand Rapids Mich She has long examined the rise of participatory media and its implications for journalism She has explored civic media off the Web from low power FM to digital storytelling and the Indy Media movement Currently Denise focuses on the future of work and how to configure a worker support infrastructure for the peer economy Denise is drawn to neighborhoods design languages empowerment and DIY media and she designs frameworks media expression or fulfilling work that enable people to pursue what they find meaningful Keep up with her on Twitter hiDenise or at her blog READ MORE Dharmishta Rood Knight News Challenge Fellow Dharmishta Rood studies the internet and is interested in the intersection of technology culture and human interactions She is the co founder of Populous a Knight funded project that aims to provide collegiate and small town newspapers with the tools they need to survive in a web 2 0 environment The project exists with three goals to create an open source CMS that newspapers can use for free to create a platform newspaper staff can use to organize around goals community events and the creation of news and to integrate networking features that will allow community members to both share and create news In addition to being a researcher at Harvard Business School she co directed t 0 a festival for entrepreneurs which happened at MIT fall 2011 Dharmishta holds an Ed M from Harvard University and a B A in Design Media Arts from UCLA She is currently learning to do handstands READ MORE Edward L Platt Civic Technology Programmer Edward is a Civic Technology Programmer at the Center for Civic Media He creates and maintains digital tools for enabling civic engagement and media participation Prior to joining the Center Edward worked as a consultant on web development and civic technology projects in Detroit MI He is also a cofounder of the i3 Detroit hackerspace and the lead developer of the Seltzer CRM hackerspace management tool His other interests include technology based art machine learning and neuroscience Edward holds bachelor s degrees in Computer Science and Physics from MIT and a master s degree in Applied Math from the University of Waterloo He maintains a project blog at elplatt com and can be found on Twitter as elplatt READ MORE Ellen Hume READ MORE Florence Gallez READ MORE Geeta Dayal READ MORE Heather Craig Heather Craig focuses her work on the connections between interactive media and community engagement At the Center for Civic Media Heather works on projects related to civic data collection and interactive storytelling and co organizes the DataLore Hackathon READ MORE Huma Yusuf READ MORE Ingeborg Endter READ MORE Jack Driscoll READ MORE Josh Levinger READ MORE Katrin Verclas Fellow Katrin Verclas is the co founder and editor of MobileActive org a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact Katrin has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation and civil society organizations and mobile phones in health and for development She is a co author of Wireless Technology for Social Change a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation and author of A Mobile Voice The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media Katrin s background is in IT management IT in social

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  • Contact the Center for Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Lorrie LeJeune Assistant Director 617 324 4316 Physical address The Media Laboratory Wiesner Building E15 Room 344 20 Ames Street Cambridge MA 02139 campus map Mailing address Center for Civic Media Massachusetts Institute of Technology Building E15 344 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge MA 02139 4307 USA Telephone 617 299 9831 Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Send us an email Your name Your e mail address Subject Message All

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  • Hiring a Researcher / Community Manager for Media Cloud | MIT Center for Civic Media
    special interest in how new technologies are introduced to people in settings focused on learning Rahul is a drummer and father based in Somerville MA Data Therapy Connection Lab 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 You ll work closely with the team of researchers and developers at the MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University You ll need to be based here in our offices in Cambridge Massachusetts The collaborative work with outside organizations will directly impact the design of the next generation of our tools This grant funded position provides an opportunity for someone to conduct important research into how social mobilization interacts with media and to help make Media Cloud more useful

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  • MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities
    media sources a date range and some keywords to look for READ MORE Tools FOLD FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular multimedia stories Some readers require greater context to understand complex stories READ MORE Blogs The Effects of Surveillance and Copyright Law on Speech Jon Penney at Berkman By J Nathan Matias on Apr 27 2016 From User to Citizen Erhardt Graeff at TICTec 2016 By

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  • MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities
    media sources a date range and some keywords to look for READ MORE Tools FOLD FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular multimedia stories Some readers require greater context to understand complex stories READ MORE Blogs The Effects of Surveillance and Copyright Law on Speech Jon Penney at Berkman By J Nathan Matias on Apr 27 2016 From User to Citizen Erhardt Graeff at TICTec 2016 By

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  • MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities
    media sources a date range and some keywords to look for READ MORE Tools FOLD FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular multimedia stories Some readers require greater context to understand complex stories READ MORE Blogs The Effects of Surveillance and Copyright Law on Speech Jon Penney at Berkman By J Nathan Matias on Apr 27 2016 From User to Citizen Erhardt Graeff at TICTec 2016 By

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  • MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities
    media sources a date range and some keywords to look for READ MORE Tools FOLD FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular multimedia stories Some readers require greater context to understand complex stories READ MORE Blogs The Effects of Surveillance and Copyright Law on Speech Jon Penney at Berkman By J Nathan Matias on Apr 27 2016 From User to Citizen Erhardt Graeff at TICTec 2016 By

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  • MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities
    media sources a date range and some keywords to look for READ MORE Tools FOLD FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular multimedia stories Some readers require greater context to understand complex stories READ MORE Blogs The Effects of Surveillance and Copyright Law on Speech Jon Penney at Berkman By J Nathan Matias on Apr 27 2016 From User to Citizen Erhardt Graeff at TICTec 2016 By

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