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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    week the New Jersey Attorney General dropped their investigation of the students ending a case that hung over these students for a third of their undergraduate education I m incredbily relieved for the Tidbit undergrads though I m disappointed and upset that they had to face this legal challenge for so long In this post I want to share what we re doing to figure out how to prevent similar problems in the future or at least to better support other innovative student projects with legal problems For more about the Tidbit case you can read Jeremy Rubin s post an update by the EFF and a blog post by Ethan Zuckerman I strongly suggest you read them Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Legal Risks to Creative Innovation and Research at College NJ Drops Its Investigation of MIT Students natematias s blog What Can We Do About Online Harassment Danielle Citron and Brianna Wu on Legal and Technical Responses Submitted by natematias on May 7 2015 6 33pm What legal routes are available to people facing online harassment and what policies might need to be changed to better address this issue Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What Can We Do About Online Harassment Danielle Citron and Brianna Wu on Legal and Technical Responses natematias s blog Anti Oppressive Design From Theory to Praxis Jill Dimond at CivicMIT Submitted by natematias on March 19 2015 1 30pm This post was liveblogged by J Nathan Matias Ethan Zuckerman Erhardt Graeff Lilia Kilburn with illustrations by Willow Brugh Jill Dimond lives in Ann Arbor Michigan and hails from rural Western Michigan The logo for her company Sassafras evokes the shape of the state of Michigan After a degree at the university of Michigan she moved into industry working on the App Inventor project and then completed her PhD at Georgia Tech in Human Centric Design in 2012 Most recently Jill is a worker owner at Sassafras Tech Collective a worker owned technology cooperative based in Ann Arbor and they focus on research and technology for social justice Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Anti Oppressive Design From Theory to Praxis Jill Dimond at CivicMIT natematias s blog Civic Values in Technology Design Read Along With Me Submitted by natematias on February 4 2015 12 19pm When people in society come together to collectively perform a task from cleaning up a park to organizing around a cause the benefits of their cooperation extend far beyond the specific task at hand People get to know each other build bonds of trust argue their understanding of a situation and often form long lasting partnerships organizations and communities for learning and action Within cooperative technologies these civic and community values are not easily computable As a result it is easy to pass over these values in favor of improving the performance of a task increasing the number of petition signatures or measuring the

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/natematias?page=4 (2016-04-29)
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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    they have and partly because it seems like these companies are the sole gatekeepers of social experiments and large scale interventions to influence society Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Supporting Change from Outside Systems with Design and Data Stuart Geiger on Successor Systems natematias s blog Gratitude Credit and Exchange Online Flickr Selling CC Images Is About More than The Money Submitted by natematias on December 4 2014 1 07pm Last week Yahoo announced that Flickr would start selling prints of Creative Commons licensed photos and that they would only pay some of the photographers Some commentators like Jeffrey Zeldman see it as a breach of good will Mike Masnick at Techdirt argues that this is a victory for open licensing which is about giving up control so that other people can benefit Ben Werdmuller co founder of Indieweb social platform Known argues that users don t understand the license and that we need to give creators more clear controls Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Gratitude Credit and Exchange Online Flickr Selling CC Images Is About More than The Money natematias s blog Researching Love and Thanks on Wikipedia CrowdCamp Hackathon Report Submitted by natematias on November 16 2014 12 13pm Change favors the prepared Louis Pasteur once famously noted in a lecture on the nature of scientific observation The best academic events create moments of highly likely inspiration and the luckiest ones bring that inspiration into action That happened for Emily Harburg and me this weekend at CrowdCamp a two day intensive hackathon on crowdsourcing and social computing research Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Researching Love and Thanks on Wikipedia CrowdCamp Hackathon Report natematias s blog Sewage systems Cities and the Cultivation of Cereals

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/natematias?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Diverse Inclusion and Cooperation in Open Communities Submitted by natematias on October 25 2014 8 56am How can open source and participatory communities like Mozilla support diverse inclusion Here at the Community Building Track at the Mozilla Festival an international group of organizers convened to discuss ways to cooperate effectively across gender age accessibility and cultural differences It s part of a larger initiative here at the MozillaFestival to create a community building handbook for open communities The session was facilitated by Beatrice Martini Katelyn Rogers Flore Allemandou J Nathan Matias Deb Soumya Alifiyah Ganijee Leo McArdle Ibrahima Sarr and Cynthia Ng These notes were created by me and Katelyn Rogers Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about 9 Best Practices for Diverse Inclusion and Cooperation in Open Communities natematias s blog How to Identify Gender in Datasets at Large Scales Ethically and Responsibly Submitted by natematias on October 22 2014 8 40pm A practical guide to methods and ethics of gender identification For the past three years I ve been using methods to identify gender in large datasets to support research design and data journalism supported by the Knight Foundation with an amazing group of collaborators In my Master s thesis used these techniques to support inclusion of women in citizen journalism the news and collective aciton online Last February I was invited to give a talk about my work at the MIT Symposium on Gender and Technology hosted by the MIT Program in Women s and Gender Studies I have finally written the first part of the talk a practical guide to methods and ethics of gender identification approaches Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about How to Identify Gender in Datasets at Large Scales Ethically and Responsibly natematias s blog Nym Rights Protecting Identity in the Digital Age Submitted by natematias on September 30 2014 1 28pm Do you have a name More than one Does it matter to you who knows it Today at the Berkman Center we hosted a talk by aestetix an expert on pseudonomy online This post is a liveblog of Aestetix s talk After being suspended twice by Google Plus during the nymrights fiasco of 2011 Aestetix helped created NymRights focused on empowerment and education of digital identity He s also been involved in the US national strategy for trusted identities in cyberspace Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Nym Rights Protecting Identity in the Digital Age natematias s blog How To Party Online Submitted by natematias on September 13 2014 5 38pm How do you party with a group of people across four continents As a trustee of Awesome Knowledge I m looking for great ways to celebrate our community and congratulate our grantees Every month or two we give 1000 to an awesome project that spreads knowledge learn more and unlike most Awesome Foundations we re a distributed group who have no shared geography Most chapters conclude each grant cycle

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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Learning Tressie McMillan Cottom at Berkman Submitted by natematias on July 29 2014 1 46pm Today I m liveblogging a talk by Tressie McMillan Cottom tressiemcphd at the Berkman Center for a talk about inequality in online learning based on her qualitative research with students taking online for profit learning Tressie who s completing her PhD in the Sociology Department at Emory University studies stratification considering what inequality means both experientially and empirically when corporations are people supranational corporations like Facebook and Twitter shape the public square and education is increasingly privatized She also has a developing research agenda that examines the political economy of emerging new media organizations As jobs with good wages decrease in availability more people seek higher education to find jobs Tressie does research on systemic biases in society and for profit higher education For profit higher education companies know that inequality is a basic part of their business plan and yet there s a tendency to avoid analyzing the connection between inequality and their businesses Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Inequality Regimes and Student Experience in Online Learning Tressie McMillan Cottom at Berkman natematias s blog Emoji Karaoke at the Boston Internet Research Party Submitted by natematias on July 23 2014 1 09pm Two weeks ago Kate Miltner Amy Johnson and I organized the first Boston Internet Researchers Party hosted by the Center for Civic Media Microsoft Research and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society Everything is better when we stick together evwrythingIsAwesome at the Civic MSR Berkman Internet research party pic twitter com HVefxwJDKO J Nathan Matias natematias July 8 2014 Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Emoji Karaoke at the Boston Internet Research Party natematias s blog Uncovering Algorithms Looking Inside the Facebook News Feed Submitted by natematias on July 22 2014 3 08pm How can the public learn the role of algorithms in their daily lives evaluating the law and ethicality of systems like the Facebook NewsFeed search engines or airline booking systems Today the Berkman Center hosted a conversation about the idea of social science audits of algorithms Presenting were Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Uncovering Algorithms Looking Inside the Facebook News Feed natematias s blog Media Making Strategies to Support Community and Learning at Hackathons Submitted by natematias on June 30 2014 10 02pm Many of us who organise hack days and hackathons say that we value learning community and collaboration but our media often highlights individuals and their projects When organisers highlight a small number of winners we open ourselves up to critiques that we re peddling shallow solutionism token civic engagement exploitative labor practices and half baked projects that never create impact We need to ban the big cheque photo op This year we re seeing wide experimentation with the hackathon format to make events more inclusive and community oriented I especially love Laurenellen McCann s post on hybrid hackathon block parties Whatever

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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Does a Free Internet Matter Alberto Ibarguen Explains natematias s blog Project Maps Gatekeepers of Eastern Europe s Digital Networks supported by the Knight Foundation Submitted by natematias on June 23 2014 1 55pm Who are the Gatekeepers is a project by Manuela Preoteasa and Paul Radu at the Journalism Development Network to examine the gatekeepers of Eastern Europe s digital networks We re here at the MIT Knight Civic Media Conference where Alberto Ibarguen and John Bracken have just announced the winners of the latest news challenge which asked the question How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation Sands Fish and I were there to liveblog the presentation of grantees Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Project Maps Gatekeepers of Eastern Europe s Digital Networks supported by the Knight Foundation natematias s blog Usable Secure Mobile Communications with TextSecure funded by Knight Foundation Submitted by natematias on June 23 2014 1 38pm We re here at the MIT Knight Civic Media Conference where Alberto Ibarguen and John Bracken have just announced the winners of the latest news challenge which asked the question How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation Sands Fish and I were there to liveblog the presentation of grantees TextSecure by Moxie Marlinspike at Open Whisper Systems is a project to secure global communications through a simple messaging application that requires no special knowledge from the user Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Usable Secure Mobile Communications with TextSecure funded by Knight Foundation natematias s blog Global Censorship Measurement at M Lab funded by the Knight Foundation Submitted by natematias on June 23 2014 1 28pm We re here at the MIT Knight Civic Media Conference where Alberto Ibarguen and John

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/natematias?page=8 (2016-04-29)
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  • natematias | MIT Center for Civic Media
    value of the music versus what is achieved through elections Although we did speak briefly about business models for the news in the first week we have thus far set aside the question of the labor that is implied by participation Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Is Participation Exploitation natematias s blog Net Neutrality and Hegemony Submitted by natematias on September 26 2011 12 18pm This week in our Intro to Civic Media course we have been asked to develop the ability to view media issues through the lens of media justice and to apply that view to a contemporary issue Given my recent arrival in the US I am hesitant to make strong pronouncements on this topic in public Nevertheless I think find it to be a challenging and fruitful exercise This month media activists are starting an effort to encourage regulations which open greater access to the mobile internet Blacks and Hispanics are among the biggest users of the wireless web Many believe that widespread mobile internet can become a significant part of widening access to information and participation among those groups This goals motivate activists to link mobile internet access with justice Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Net Neutrality and Hegemony natematias s blog Satellite Sentinel Meteorologists of Human Rights Abuses Submitted by natematias on September 24 2011 1 17pm For a long time genocide has been put in the box of great dark operatic human evils We are the meteorologists of human rights abuses Nathaniel Raymond This week s Thursday lunch was with the Satellite Sentinel Project Based at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative they correlate data from satellites with other sources to track human rights violations sometimes before they happen Where possible they threaten potential violators with exposure release reports to the press or pressure international organisations to take notice By doing this they hope to prevent genocides stop large scale human rights violations once they begin or at least to document atrocities after the fact Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Satellite Sentinel Meteorologists of Human Rights Abuses natematias s blog 3 comments Can the Public Sphere exist in the Internet Era Submitted by natematias on September 18 2011 2 49pm So far in our class on Civic Media we have tried to define Civic Media and to consider the role of digital inequality in shaping participation in society Our discussions have mostly featured ideas from researchers foundations and American government agencies This week we re going to re examine civic media in terms of critical theory and philosophy Here s the executive summary Democratic governments are expected to incorporate the people s will into their decisions Can this really happen The public interest is hard to find among broad disagreements between groups the emergence of global politics the growth of multinational organisations and the birth of Internet based political movements Just what kind of democracy might the Internet make possible

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/natematias?page=33 (2016-04-29)
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  • What is Civic Innovation in India? | MIT Center for Civic Media
    participatory play about women s rights in which the audience was invited to come on stage and discuss opportunities to combat double standards for young men and women in India Working on Real Problems After some amazing field trips to inspiring local sites and exploring what civic innovation means together we helped students organize into teams and start building things Here s a list of the topics they focused on Gaja Mitra Detecting Elephants to Reduce Man Wildlife Conflict Inspired by one of our speakers this team wanted to address problems of man wildlife conflict in India In many farming areas elephants can be very dangerous to humans they often trample crops destroying farmers livelihoods and they can unwittingly kill humans if they encounter people walking on streets at night This team wanted to develop an elephant early warning system for farmers so that they would know when elephants were in the area and prepare accordingly The team created a simple piezoelectric pressure sensor with no digital electronics and tested it at a nearby zoo Rag Pickers Tools for Marginalized Populations After our visit to Manav Sadhna and hearing about the work of the women who collect trash at night referred to as Rag Pickers this team wanted to redesign the cart that the women used to make it more efficient and ergonomic They took a co design approach and went out in the middle of the night to visit with the women and speak further with the director of the program at Manav Sadhna They prototyped several designs for a new cart and modeled their final design out of bamboo Virtual Braille Assisting the Blind Building on lessons learned from interviews with the blind in nearby communities the Virtual Braille team built a suite of tools to augment reading and social interaction In addition to building a device that allows individuals to have text recognized and translated to speech the team also built technology that allows one to orient themselves to the object being read by detecting its edges Further discussions led them to ideas for identifying the number of people in a room using facial recognition to approximate the number of people present ShieldON Protecting Alzheimer s Patients Having found common struggles and sympathies with the impact of Alzheimer s on families the ShieldON team decided to apply technology to this human challenge Using geo fencing a mobile application sends alerts to an individual s care network whether that is a family member or a community of neighbors if an Alzheimer s patient leaves the geo fence They have further ambitions to present the patient with directions back to their home in the case that they cannot find their way back iBins Reducing Food Waste The iBins team took on the challenge of encouraging people to reduce the amount of food waste at a cafeteria by creating an interactive physical data visualization kiosk The team had access to data about the amount of food waste at a particular

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/rahulb/what-is-civic-innovation-in-india (2016-04-29)
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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    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 rahulb s blog Hiring Promise Tracker Web Developer Submitted by rahulb on May 6 2014 11 33am The MIT Center for Civic Media is looking for a contract developer to help us design a web based tool that empowers community organizers around the world to create crowd sourced monitoring campaigns that hold officials accountable to the public promises they make We are looking for a Boston area developer that can sit in our offices and work closely with us for a period of 3 months We d like to start as soon as possible this summer The first month and a half of development is reasonably well outlined but the rest of the time will depend on feedback from user testing user studies and more of your input There may be an opportunity for the work to continue after that depending on performance and funding The primary focus will be on developing an interaction heavy web app We expect to build things with Ruby on Rails lots of Javascript HTML and CSS Our work leverages and builds on the open source Open Data Kit project so we plan on contributing things back to that community and having greater impact We want to build user friendly and intuitive websites so familiarity and appreciation of good design is required Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Hiring Promise Tracker Web Developer rahulb s blog Making Events Better Submitted by rahulb on April 9 2014 10 53am Most meetings

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