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  • mres | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Interactive Literacy mres s blog Interactive Literacy Submitted by mres on October 13 2008 1 34pm What does it mean to be truly literate with new media Certainly it means more than the ability to send email and browse websites Recent commentaries on new 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 mres s blog Interactive Literacy Submitted by mres on October 13 2008 1 34pm What does it mean to be truly literate with new media Certainly it means more than the ability to send email and browse websites Recent commentaries on new 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 mres s blog Interactive Literacy Submitted by mres on October 13 2008 1 34pm What does it mean to be truly literate with new media Certainly it means more than the ability to send email and browse websites Recent commentaries on new 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

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/mres (2016-04-29)
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  • EthanZ | MIT Center for Civic Media
    with Submitted by EthanZ on March 6 2015 11 26am Cross posted from ethanzuckerman com What s a holy shit visualization It s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can t forget It s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms For Mike Evans the map below was a holy shit visualization Properties in yellow are in tax distress Those in orange are under tax foreclosure Those in red have been foreclosed In 2014 50 of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of foreclosure being foreclosed or owned by the city That s a frightening statistic But seeing what it looks like on the map makes the scale of the problem more visceral Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about It s scary when we can do this out of love and there s nothing you can threaten us with EthanZ s blog danah boyd It s Complicated Submitted by EthanZ on February 25 2014 3 01pm danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research a Research Assistant Professor in Media Culture and Communication at New York University a fellow at the Berkman Center and director of the Data and Society Institute danah has been working on the issues associated with It s Complicated for many years 10 years ago Ethan and danah were two of the youngest people at a conference danah told him I only have one secret to get through these events I tell them what their children are doing Telling people what their children are doing online is incredibly valuable either because we re parents who care about our children or because we care about the future of the Internet danah has been relentless over the last decade in trying to make it clear that simple snap answers about the Internet good bad dangerous amazing are utterly and totally inadequate What we need to do is to take a long careful look at the context that underlies people s behaviours online We re in a moment where the easiest thing to do is to say it s simple danah has put forward a book that says it s complicated Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about danah boyd It s Complicated EthanZ s blog What We Watch a new tool for watching how popular videos spread online Submitted by EthanZ on September 23 2013 1 14pm More than a billion people a month visit YouTube to watch videos Sometimes those billion people watch the same video More often they don t YouTube shares information about what videos are popular in different cities and different countries and for the US offers a tool to see what videos are popular with different age groups and genders Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/ethanz (2016-04-29)
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  • erhardt | MIT Center for Civic Media
    5 48pm This is a liveblog from the Private Platforms under Public Pressure roundtable at AoIR16 on October 23 2015 in Phoenix AZ This is not a transcript but recreation of people s comments Any errors are my own This roundtable featured scholars J Nathan Matias Tarleton Gillespie Christian Sandvig Mike Ananny and Karine Nahon working on both critical and constructive appropriates to defining the roles and responsibilities of platforms the governance of those systems by users corporations algorithms and states and the question of where we are at our public consciousness of what it means to have a new definition for or new socio technical system called a platform Each panelist reflected on what brought them to the research topic and also on the panel theme What happens to private platforms when they are put under public pressure They found much left to explore in the topic many questions were raised and the need for more research and new approaches was clear Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Private Platforms under Public Pressure at AoIR16 erhardt s blog Black Lives Matter Activism through Blogging Gaming Hashtags and Citizen Journalism Submitted by erhardt on October 22 2015 5 36pm This is a liveblog from the BlackLivesMatter At the Intersection of Racial Politics and Digital Activism panel at AoIR16 on October 22 2015 in Phoenix AZ Any errors here are my own This panel features four anti racist feminist scholars showcasing how we as researchers take on the role of documenting and amplifying the work that activists are doing already online Catherine Knight Steele talks about the creation of digital black feminisim in blogging communities Kishonna L Gray talks about activist gaming in service to Blacks Lives Matter Jenny Ungbha Korn talks about themes of racialized imagery in iftheygunnedmedown on Tumblr And Sarah Florini talks about This Week in Blackness s brand of citizen journalism around Ferguson When the Black Lives that Matter are Not Our Own Social Justice and a Digital Black Feminism Catherine Knight Steele How are our women of color reimagining black feminism online Black Lives Matter was started by three queer women of color And its important to remember that even in studying marginalized communities there are those that are even more marginalized Steele carefully frames this as Digital Black Feminism building on literatures of black oral culture alternative publics black feminism in response to exclusion and voice and democratic participation Preserving black oral culture online is a key part of the cultural practice Moreover transferring offline black oral culture online represents efficiency of communication rather than perceived deficiencies Unfortunately digital black feminism has also been excluded from traditional norms of black feminism Steele studied the blogging community For Harriet which functions as a kind of digital barbershop an enclave that represents a particular context of culture necessary to gain entry Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Black Lives Matter Activism through Blogging Gaming Hashtags and Citizen Journalism erhardt

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/erhardt (2016-04-29)
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  • willowbl00 | MIT Center for Civic Media
    also what we would do as people of influence power money Many thanks to Ethan and Erhardt for their valuable time and attention as well as images used in this blog entry and to Erhardt especially for designing such a great workshop and for suggesting edits to the blog itself Y all are pretty great w Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Civics in an age of mistrust and decentralization willowbl00 s blog Land and Water a long term perspective Submitted by willowbl00 on September 4 2015 6 53pm From the website We will explore themes of reduced access that have developed out of tensions in property holding leases and contracts forms of control exerted or facilitated by the state by law and by other institutions and exclusions of class race and gender We believe that history has lessons to offer about how change is introduced to society In taking this long perspective the conference invites proposals that look backwards in order to look forwards Academics will have an opportunity to be inspired by the practical questions of activists acting in the present as activists talk about their work their present projects questions and concerns Activists in turn will have the opportunity to articulate large structural conceptions such as capitalism empire or debt in relation to access to land and water Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Land and Water a long term perspective willowbl00 s blog Humanitarian Technology Festival Submitted by willowbl00 on April 23 2015 2 41pm I came on with Aspiration back in January as the Community Leadership Strategist to merge the work I ve been doing in the humanitarian and disaster response space with Aspiration s practices and team It s been a blast so far and continues to be Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Humanitarian Technology Festival willowbl00 s blog A workshop with Kenya Red Cross Submitted by willowbl00 on November 24 2014 9 21am Hi It s been a bit so just in case I m Willow Brugh and one of the hats I wear is as a research affiliate at Center for Civic Media I also wear digital responder fellow at Berkman stick figure draw er and faciliatator hats I care about how people help people more directly across cultures as equals This means I often work at the overlap of technology and disaster humanitarian response through participatory events I also advise organizations and distributed social groups in how to engage with each other My month working with KRCS and Climate Centre culminated on Nov 11th in a codesign workshop to explore the work I had done comment on the current understanding ensure it was appropriate and accurate to then decide on next steps together This was an exercise in not waiting until the last minute to ask people to sign off it was asking people what they thought during the process asking for their participation You can read more

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/willowbl00 (2016-04-29)
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  • jude | MIT Center for Civic Media
    to completely cut off the analogue signal in Kenya has been a game of chess since Every other party trying to checkmate each other Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Kenyan Media Blackout jude s blog Callback io Community Radio Participation Submitted by jude on October 21 2013 1 06pm Callback io Breaking community participation barriers facing community radio Radio Amani based in Nakuru Kenya is a community based radio station Nakuru was one of the towns mostly affected by the post election crisis in 2008 Being the capital of a region that is not only diverse but the agricultural capital of the country this town if fundamental in the development of the entire country Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Callback io Community Radio Participation jude s blog Platforms and Affordances From Pamphleteers to Peer to Peer Submitted by jude on October 17 2013 2 44pm James Carey 1 illustrates the importance of the telegraph and how the telegraph does set the base for future development within the communication realm He shows how the telegraph was the only device to separate transport and communication in the past Before the invention of the telegraph the main way messages were passed across was through movement from one place to the other He asserts that the telegraph was the brain and would help in the expansion of the empire Though it was masked in religious undertones that is that it would harmonize and unite all of humanity it was also an ideological mask for its real function Its real function was the expansion of global military hegemony and neoliberalism This is very similar to today s context where the internet is viewed as the medium through which the world will become a global village

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/user/1579%20 (2016-04-29)
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  • jude | MIT Center for Civic Media
    to completely cut off the analogue signal in Kenya has been a game of chess since Every other party trying to checkmate each other Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Kenyan Media Blackout jude s blog Callback io Community Radio Participation Submitted by jude on October 21 2013 1 06pm Callback io Breaking community participation barriers facing community radio Radio Amani based in Nakuru Kenya is a community based radio station Nakuru was one of the towns mostly affected by the post election crisis in 2008 Being the capital of a region that is not only diverse but the agricultural capital of the country this town if fundamental in the development of the entire country Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Callback io Community Radio Participation jude s blog Platforms and Affordances From Pamphleteers to Peer to Peer Submitted by jude on October 17 2013 2 44pm James Carey 1 illustrates the importance of the telegraph and how the telegraph does set the base for future development within the communication realm He shows how the telegraph was the only device to separate transport and communication in the past Before the invention of the telegraph the main way messages were passed across was through movement from one place to the other He asserts that the telegraph was the brain and would help in the expansion of the empire Though it was masked in religious undertones that is that it would harmonize and unite all of humanity it was also an ideological mask for its real function Its real function was the expansion of global military hegemony and neoliberalism This is very similar to today s context where the internet is viewed as the medium through which the world will become a global village

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/jude (2016-04-29)
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  • uricchio | MIT Center for Civic Media
    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

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  • leoburd | MIT Center for Civic Media
    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 Recent blog posts by leoburd Check out the new My Dot Tour video Submitted by leoburd on September 21 2011 12 02pm The My Dot Tour video is 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

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/user/195%20 (2016-04-29)
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