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  • youth | MIT Center for Civic Media
    and strengthening relationships with others Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Creating Learning Guides for Community Makers erhardt s blog Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow discuss mass incarceration and restorative justice Submitted by elplatt on February 24 2014 1 33pm Notes from the Media Lab Conversations Series with Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow 2 7 This is a collaborative liveblog and may contain errors Contributors Edward L Platt and Erhardt Graeff Shaka Senghor Author mentor activist ML Director s Fellow Author of Writing My Wrongs Martha Minow Dean and Prof at Harvard Law School Author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness SHAKA Shaka s journey started as many others in his community in Detroit during the crack era He ran away at age 13 got involved with selling drugs and became addicted He was robbed at gunpoint beaten and left for dead in the back of a crack house Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow discuss mass incarceration and restorative justice elplatt s blog What is going on in Brazil Submitted by Alexandre Goncalves on June 20 2013 8 36am In recent days Brazil has enacted its own Spring It began with demonstrations in São Paulo against a 10 cent increase in bus fares Last week the protest was harshly repressed by the military police but their brutality produced an unexpected outcome The majority of the population which had been looking with displeasure at the isolated episodes of vandalism that accompanied the demonstrations became sympathetic to the protesters cause after watching the government s violent reaction On Tuesday more than 200 000 people took to the streets of the main cities across the country In São Paulo they were 60 000 In Rio around 100 000 These have been the biggest demonstrations since the impeachment of Brazilian president Fernando Collor de Mello in 1992 after a corruption scandal Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What is going on in Brazil Alexandre Goncalves s blog Youth Advocacy Technology and Sexual Exploitation of Minors liveblog Submitted by amyj on May 2 2013 4 59pm Written by Lauren Kapsalakis and Shreeharsh Kelkar with assistance from Rebecca Perry and Amy Johnson photography and video by Lan Li workshop occurred on April 26 2013 Session 1 of the MIT Sex Trafficking Technology Workshop Speakers Lisa Goldblatt Grace Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Youth Advocacy Technology and Sexual Exploitation of Minors liveblog amyj s blog Building peace with technology in Sudan and Cyprus Submitted by rodrigodavies on April 15 2013 10 19am Civic Media Lunch Liveblog Helena Puig Larrauri April 11 2012 Blue Nile State Sudan Helena Puig Larrauri is a freelance peacebuilding consultant whose clients include the Open Society Foundation Mercy Corps and UNDP She visited the Center for Civic Media to talk about two projects she is working on that explore the use of technology in peacebuilding in Cyprus and Sudan Google Plus

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/topics/youth (2016-04-29)
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  • Media, Stories, and Boston youth | MIT Center for Civic Media
    imagining the lives they d like to live in the future I crouched next to desks my camera hanging around my neck and listened to young people tell me about going to college buying a car learning how to drive As I milled through the classroom one young girl s drawing caught my eye She drew a princess style prom dress on a girl with skin as pale as the page and bright blond hair pulled up into a ponytail My eyes scanned from the paper on her desk to the brown hand holding the colored pencil and the dark hair that hid her face The realization that this young Mexican woman saw herself in a prom dress as white skinned and blond haired knocked the wind out of my chest Unfortunately I didn t get the chance to speak with the young woman about her self portrait that day in New Mexico however my experiences in education have taught me that multiculturalism impacts youth engagement in an important way I m still unpacking the nuances of the how Although El Otro Lado hasn t studied the ways in which students involved are impacted in terms of academic outcomes participating teachers describe increased engagement in their classrooms and students note the impact of seeing themselves and one another in a new light through the stories they share about who they are and where they come from Debra Holloway among others has synthesized studies and scholarship that demonstrate the power of arts education for social transformation in ways that mirror what I saw in classrooms throughout Santa Fe As an educator working at the intersection of cultural exchange civic engagement and arts education that moment in a classroom encapsulates the ways in which an essential component of a student s success

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/aly-kreikemeier/media-stories-and-boston-youth (2016-04-29)
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  • Duplicity, Access and Digital Inequality | MIT Center for Civic Media
    s drawing exquisite corpse style Katie and I ended on an image that looked like a football field and ran with the metaphor We crafted characters based on geographic location and social position a businessman in China or a middle class American youth for example and imagined relative heights of hurdles different characters would have to clear to enter the field of digital access Despite the many layers that had been captured in varying marker colors on a long whiteboard Sasha guided our group reflection to several key factors that were missing and show up clearly in the Pew Internet and American Life report we had read such as race and geographic location After setting the stage by grappling with the complicated nature of digital inequality we turned to Paloma Duong s presentation of her work with Cuba s digital segregation alternative economies and illegal but tolerated gaming networks For a clearly articulated summary of the presentation see our classmate Katie Arthur s post here Without reproducing an overall summary as Katie already has I would like to compare the vision of cyberspace and civil society put forth by Ted A Henken and Sjammi van de Voort in From Cyberspace to Public Space The Emergent Blogosphere and Cuban Civil Society with Duong s talk Henken and van de Voort talk about the shifting cyber scape of bloggers in recent years in Cuba Looking at a variety of blogger collectives they seek to understand Cuban bloggers strategies dealing with the following challenges How do they resolve the conflict between self preservation and self censorship that is how do they deal with the dilemma of the double moral duplicity How do they preserve an independent and critical posture toward Cuban reality in a context where the mass media are under government control and where nearly all Internet access points are mediated and likely monitored by institutions by money or by some other kind of influence or control How do they access the Internet who can revoke that access and under what conditions Who is their audience and how do they maintain an interactive relationship with them in such a disconnected environment What have been the biggest obstacles to engaging in dialogue debate and collaboration with other bloggers both within and outside Cuba Looking at four prominent blogger collectives Voces Cubanas Havana Times Bloggers Cuba and La Joven Cuba Henken and van de Voort draw out the various ways each collective navigates the conflict between self preservation and self censorship I d like to focus on this particular question albeit just one of those set out by the authors to put in conversation with Duong s explanation of how internet is accessed illegally in the country Duong emphasized that there are illegal ways of accessing the internet overlooked by the government and there are other illegal ways of accessing the internet that are not The paquete semanal for example successfully delivers the latest global entertainment and applications via a 1TB external hard drive

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/aly-kreikemeier/duplicity-access-and-digital-inequality (2016-04-29)
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  • My introduction to Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    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 engagement and organizing which seems 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 In our first class we used intertwinkles org to tease out ten points of unity around what we collectively understood civic media to be I always love a collaborative challenge and am particularly tickled by consensus despite a deep belief in deliberative democracy my impatience often gets the best of me when it comes to group decision making We deliberated our points and came up with just five minutes left to determine which statements were core concepts of civic media We got hung up on semantics debated assumptions and struggled to locate accountability I found myself trying to listen but watching the clock seated anxiously at the edge of my seat Can we leave transparency a bit ambiguous and move on I asked hoping my frustration wasn t visible I just want to make sure we have time to address all the points put forward Our group hadn t spoken yet we were slated to be last Had my impatience come across as dominating Did I prematurely shut down an important process for my

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/aly-kreikemeier/my-introduction-to-civic-media (2016-04-29)
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  • Exploring Citizen Sensing | MIT Center for Civic Media
    and minimize occlusions we decided to forgo the smartphone microphone and build a sensor pack The advantages of a sensor pack included the ability to distribute the same sound pressure sensor to all participants dedicated battery to power the sensor avoiding interference from typical phone use a modular physical interface that could incorporate other sensors not typically available on a phone Still having a sensor pack limited the initial level of participation in the pilot Selecting Components At a minimum each sensor pack needed a sound pressure sensor a microcontroller a power supply and a means to transfer the recorded data We could add a sim card to the pack and send the data to a server or we could send the data to the phone using bluetooth We also needed to capture the geolocation of the recorded sound which could be obtained from a phone wirelessly connected to the sensor pack or could be added to the pack using a gps sensor The timestamp needed for each recording could be obtained from either the microcontroller on the sensor pack or a connected phone Macro Configuration Since adding gps 40 60 sim card reader 20 40 sim card 10 and data plan significantly increased the cost of the sensor pack we decided to create a pack that could wirelessly connect with a smartphone which already had gps along with wifi or a data plan to send sensor readings to a server Our final sensor pack configuration contained Bluetooth enabled microcontroller RFduino Power Supply RFDuino Battery Shield 2 AA Batteries Sound Pressure Microphone Sparkfun Microphone Shield Casing Integration With Promise Tracker Platform The Promise Tracker platform already provides a robust toolkit for collecting data and visualizing information To integrate sensor data my colleague Emilie Reiser modified both the Promise Tracker Survey Builder and the Promise Tracker Mobile application The Builder now has an option to add a sensor as a data type along with questions that help provide context related to the sensor data if the reading is above a threshold set in the Builder To contextualize sound pressure the survey asks for a sound source an optional photo of the area the sound was recorded and an optional audio recording The mobile application now connects to a bluetooth sensor pack Once connected the application continuously sends data to the Promise Tracker platform and notifies the user if a sensor reading crosses a specific threshold The user can respond to this notification by answering a short survey to contextualize the reading All of this information is aggregated on the Promise Tracker platform to allow for visualization and analysis VISUALIZATION Exploring how to make sense of data was another important component of this pilot We soon found a tension between showing sound readings in aggregate to tell a collective story or showing readings from an individual to personify the data What kinds of visualizations are meaningful to an individual Do they differ from the types of visualizations that are meaningful to a

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/joyab/exploring-citizen-sensing (2016-04-29)
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  • joyab's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Team Contact joyab s blog MIT Center for Civic Media 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 All content Attribution ShareAlike 3 0 United States CC BY SA 3 0 unless otherwise noted A project of MIT Comparative Media Studies and the MIT Media Lab with funding from the John S

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/joyab (2016-04-29)
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  • Interactive Literacy | MIT Center for Civic Media
    been a rapid rise in user created content Aren t lots of people using new media to create content and express themselves online Yes but in a very limited way Sure more people are creating content But most are using very traditional forms of expression Many people are blogging but blogs are typically based on written text a form of expression that s been around for thousands of years Sometimes they include photographs a form of expression that s been around for more than 100 years For me the most important and distinguishing property of new media is interactivity But how many people can actually create interactive games animations or simulations Not very many So in my mind very few people are truly literate with new media Would we consider someone literate with traditional media if they could only read but not write The problem is that creating interactive media requires some form of computer programming and traditional programming languages have been very difficult for most people to learn and understand That s why my research group at the MIT Media Lab created Scratch a new programming environment that makes it far easier for people to create their own interactive stories games and animations and share their creations on the web With Scratch you create computer programs by snapping together graphical programming blocks much like LEGO bricks without any of the obscure syntax and punctuation of traditional programming languages After creating an interactive Scratch project you can share it on the Scratch website just as you would share videos on YouTube Since the launch of Scratch in May 2007 people around the world have shared more than 200 000 projects on the Scratch website A new project appears on the site every two minutes on average People can also embed

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/mres/interactive-literacy (2016-04-29)
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  • mres's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    literacy have emphasized the importance of the ability to analyze media critically and the ability to participate actively in online communities Those abilities are clearly important But I feel these commentaries haven t paid enough attention to another important aspect of new media literacy the ability to express oneself with new media This aspect of literacy is sorely lacking in today s society very few people are able to express themselves fluently with new media technologies That assertion might take you by surprise Hasn t there been a rapid rise in user created content Aren t lots of people using new media to create content and express themselves online Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Interactive Literacy From Informing to Empowering Submitted by mres on October 30 2007 7 37am For me our new Center for Future Civic Media at MIT provides an opportunity to weave together several strands of my career I started my career as a journalist writing about science and technology for Business Week magazine Then I decided to make a career shift I went to graduate school in computer science and I began developing educational technologies in particular technologies to engage children in creative learning experiences How do I make sense of these two seemingly disconnected careers I have often explained that both careers grew out of the same underlying motivation to help people understand the world around them That s true But I now realize that it s only part of the story Over the years I have come to realize that I have a strong preference for certain ways of helping people understand the world I am skeptical about approaches that focus primarily on transmitting or delivering information I believe that the best way to help people understand the world is to provide them with opportunities to actively explore experiment and express themselves Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about From Informing to Empowering From Informing to Empowering Submitted by mres on October 30 2007 7 37am For me our new Center for Future Civic Media at MIT provides an opportunity to weave together several strands of my career I started my career as a journalist writing about science and technology for Business Week magazine Then I decided to make a career shift I went to graduate school in computer science and I began developing educational technologies in particular technologies to engage children in creative learning experiences How do I make sense of these two seemingly disconnected careers I have often explained that both careers grew out of the same underlying motivation to help people understand the world around them That s true But I now realize that it s only part of the story Over the years I have come to realize that I have a strong preference for certain ways of helping people understand the world I am skeptical about approaches that focus primarily on transmitting or delivering information I believe that the best way

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