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  • Platforms and Affordances: From Pamphleteers to Peer to Peer | MIT Center for Civic Media
    more important than journalists The editor determined what would get preference and how the message was transmitted Telegraphs changed the form of news placing more power to the journalist leaving the editor reduced to nothing and introducing the language that he calls cabalese He alludes that this is what caused the commoditization of news Given the nature of the telegraph being costly this has its effect on language Writers constantly trying to reduce cost and reduce how much they could effectively communicate The telegraph did not only bring about the separation of transport from communications it also brought out the aspect of time It helped in reducing the problem of arbitage He goes on to make this point based on the assumption that there is perfect information Time became a factor through which some sense of authority could be placed by governments to regulate activity This he shows through the introduction of the modern financial economy A simple example for this is the futures market Which enable people to buy commodities rather than products TxtMob and Twitter There has been a story about the Twitter foundations that has been greatly missing Looking into Dorseys account of how they started Twitter there is the perspective that his intelligence and innovativeness was central to the creation of Twitter Tad on the other hand one of the creators of TxtMob is of the opinion that Twitter was built upon prior substantial work There is need to put both technologies into perspective TxtMob started mainly as a tool for activism It was a mechanism through which participants could share messages with friends and strangers The tool was very efficient in organising several protest events It was greatly used to organise several spontaneous protests around the Republican National Convention What better way to look at

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/jude/platforms-and-affordances-from-pamphleteers-to-peer-to-peer-0 (2016-04-29)
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  • Civic Media for Dummies? | MIT Center for Civic Media
    community not only does the community benefit the same applies to the individual Media is constantly changing and is the mirror of society The level of influence media holds is significant A survey done a while back in Kenya placed the media as the most trusted while the police on the other hand were on the other side of the spectrum How is this level of trust achieved Which institutions engage more with the population and how do they engage This does bring about two notions of civic media On one hand civic media can be championed as a methodology to get all stakeholders to the table and engage while on the other hand it can be viewed as a methodology through which specific community groups expand participation amongst themselves and other actors More power is now being placed in the the people With a variety of tools society communities can now create living documents Living documents that are available to the entire world How do we empower these communities to make use of available media to obtain certain communal goals whether social political or economical in nature At the end of this semester I hope to attain the know how of how traditional media can incorporate civic media Thoughts on Civic Media I see civic media as the means through which the populace in search of a common goal or interest use to engage different actors to obtain their set goals Civic media involve the interests central to a specific community Civic media is participatory It requires some effort or initiative from several actors with a common goal Several actors come together to communicate their goals or objectives to others or to a wider audience An excellent example is with the Arab spring which triggered a wave of peaceful

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/jude/civic-media-for-dummies (2016-04-29)
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  • Check out the new My Dot Tour video!! | MIT Center for Civic Media
    now live on YouTube at http www youtube com watch v pKpICauLQ9E or embedded at http mydorchester org youth mydottour Have look Shot and edited by Igor Kharitonenkov in very short order this 4 minute documentary gives an excellent summary of the My Dot Tour initiative Props to Kate Balug GSD alum co founder of the Dept of Play and a good friend of the Center for all of her incredible work on this project The MIT Center for Civic Media contributed in the overall planning of the project and with the implementation of the technical infrastructure that supported the neighborhood tours In particular this project proved to be a good application of the Center s VoIP Drupal platform an open source framework that makes it easier to build communication systems that integrate phone SMS and web together http drupal org project voipdrupal About My Dot Tour My Dot Tour is a multimedia youth led walking tour of Fields Corner in Dorchester that presents a narrative of the past the present and the future of this diverse and exciting neighborhood Theatrical in nature the tour performances aim to enrich public life and foster youth leadership in Dorchester celebrate the recent history and current amenities of Fields Corner and provide a platform for sharing ideas about future improvements Tours feature select notable sites identified and researched by area teens with help from archives residents and local institutions To enhance the tour experience each My Dot Tour stop hosts a street sign with unique location information accessible by phone at 617 300 0368 and via quick response QR code an information rich code that can be scanned using a smart phone The tour website http www mydottour org features audio images and text about each site My Dot Tour emphasizes participatory involvement

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/leoburd/check-out-the-new-my-dot-tour-video (2016-04-29)
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  • leoburd's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Props to Kate Balug GSD alum co founder of the Dept of Play and a good friend of the Center for all of her incredible work on this project The MIT Center for Civic Media contributed in the overall planning of the project and with the implementation of the technical infrastructure that supported the neighborhood tours In particular this project proved to be a good application of the Center s

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/195 (2016-04-29)
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  • From Cambridge to Shenzhen: An update of NGO2.0 | MIT Center for Civic Media
    on the People s Republic of China Her book Brand New China Advertising Media and Commercial Culture is available from Harvard University Press Jing Wang Web Page NGO2 0 English introduciton Official Website of NGO2 0 From Cambridge to Shenzhen An update of NGO2 0 Submitted by jing on November 17 2014 10 31am Crossposted at cmsw mit edu Core members of NGO2 0 and NGO2 0 technology salon Starting this past August NGO2 0 evolved from a project originated in MIT s New Media Action Lab into a Shenzhen based Chinese nonprofit organization the TuOu Center for Nonprofit Tech Development The path from Cambridge to Shenzhen China s most progressive coastal city was filled with obstacles and challenges Made up of eleven dedicated volunteers NGO2 0 started off in 2009 as a social media literacy training project designed to help grassroots NGOs in the underdeveloped regions of China to leverage new media to collaborate with each other recruit volunteers and explore innovative ways of serving their communities To date we have taught 340 NGOs across NGO issue areas how to use social media to make their presence visible to each other and to the rest of China beyond the small towns and villages where they are based Simultaneously NGO2 0 has been building a change platform connecting partners committed to transforming China s philanthropy and public interest sector Together the partners are working to create an enabling environment for change makers from different sectors to emerge find each other and form communities both online and offline Two of our most successful change platforms are the NGO Techie Group and the NGO2 0 Oracle China s Nonprofit Technology Group Each network has drawn participants from foundations NGOs IT companies universities nonprofit technology startups software developers and interaction designers communities We

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/jing/from-cambridge-to-shenzhen-an-update-of-ngo20 (2016-04-29)
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  • jing's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Civic Media From Cambridge to Shenzhen An update of NGO2 0 Submitted by jing on November 17 2014 10 31am Crossposted at cmsw mit edu Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about From Cambridge to Shenzhen An update of NGO2 0 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

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/jing (2016-04-29)
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  • Citizens & City Hall Monitor Sanitation in Belem | MIT Center for Civic Media
    results by the team the Director of the Department has dedicated internal staff to work with the Observatory to refine the Vero o Peso campaign and use it as a model for citizen government collaborations to monitor other services and departments within City Hall In this particular case in Belém monitoring seemed to provide an easy win win for both government and citizens A cleaner and more orderly market means a better experience for regular shoppers and merchants and a more positive portrait of the historic city for tourists As private companies were being hired to provide these services an exposé of sub par performance would not be a direct attack on City Hall but rather an additional resource to support the renegotiation and enforcement of contracts In the end the exercise of bringing all actors together public private and citizens to agree on reasonable indicators and participate in the assessment proved to the participants on the local government side that this type of monitoring could benefit a range of other services and help City Hall stay in front of issues affecting the city that they may not have the man power to actively assess This partnership is the first of its kind for Promise Tracker and I believe represents a model that will ultimately yield the greatest success for citizen groups looking to bring about real change in their cities Though evaluating the performance of local officials and offices can easily lend itself to an antagonistic stand off between citizens and government the exercise can also be framed as a value add Through the provision of a set of new information citizens have the opportunity to highlight issues perhaps overlooked by the myriad of departments serving the city and offer insight on where literally on the map these actors can focus their efforts to improve In the methodology through which we have been running Promise Tracker workshops and disseminating the tool we have focused heavily on the idea of collecting actionable information Beyond merely denouncing where problems are in the city or where infrastructure is lacking how can we provide information that make these issues easier to address or remedy In a recent workshop in Jardim Pantanal on the periphery of São Paulo the local Residents Association was concerned about the lack of areas for play and leisure in the region The group set out initially to map the public spaces that were abandoned or no longer suitable for play When we began to discuss what they hoped to achieve through this mapping the campaign began to take a different shape In the end the group chose to assess some of the key aspects that would be necessary to have in place in order for the spaces to function as safe and practical play areas for the community illegal occupations would have to be removed garbage and other discarded materials collected lighting installed or fixed gaps in pavement or terrain leveled and so on As they thought more about

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/emreiser/citizens-city-hall-monitor-sanitation-in-belem (2016-04-29)
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  • emreiser's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    to assess the performance of the company hired to provide these services Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Citizens City Hall Monitor Sanitation in Belem Promise Tracker launches civic monitoring campaigns across Brazil Submitted by emreiser on March 22 2015 11 58pm After a year of collaborative development with partners in Brazil our newest tool Promise Tracker will officially launch in São Paulo this week on March 24th Over the past 6 days we ran 5 workshops in 4 different cities throughout the country to introduce the tool to civil society organizations and get some initial feedback These workshops were the first in a series over the next 2 months that will introduce Promise Tracker to groups across the country that make up the Brazilian Network for Just and Sustainable Cities We were overwhelmed by the excitement and energy with which the project was received and by the desire of partner groups to leverage Promise Tracker and civic monitoring initiatives to engage a wider network of actors within their respective cities Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Promise Tracker launches civic monitoring campaigns across Brazil Piloting Promise Tracker in Sao Paulo Submitted by emreiser on December 8 2014 1 22am Over the past year our team at Civic has been developing and testing Promise Tracker a citizen monitoring platform that allows communities to track local infrastructure projects and hold elected leaders accountable for political promises Building on takeaways from collaborative workshops run in Brazil in January and August we have been creating a web and mobile toolkit to streamline the process of running a local monitoring campaign from selecting an issue and designing a survey to collecting data in the field and visualizing the results We recently returned from our 3rd trip

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