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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    14 2012 2 32pm A few weeks ago Rogelio and I attended an intriguingly titled talk What would W E B Du Bois say about inequality in digital societies It was part of a lecture series probing inequality and exclusion in a digital economy Rogelio has a full write up of the event here The lecturer Dr Ernest J Wilson III noted that the digital divide is still very real but its meaning has shifted The argument for closing the digital divide always had an economic component Computer access and basic literacy skills would enable people to build resumes and navigate professional networking sites Now Wilson argued it means that those without digital skills will be left behind as the Western world moves toward a digital service economy Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Closing the first mover advantage in digital societies hiDenise s blog Vojo community call Office hours Submitted by hiDenise on November 27 2012 9 43am Last Tuesday Vojo hosted an office hours session where anyone who hadn t taken off for Thanksgiving was welcome to dial in with their questions The Vojo team met Luís Cotto a Cantabrigian originally from Hartford CT Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Vojo community call Office hours hiDenise s blog Climate change and the currencies of movements Submitted by hiDenise on November 21 2012 6 45am I spent a quaint Friday evening in New York in the company of DJ Spooky Bill McKibben Naomi Klein and hundreds of other attendees of the Do The Math tour Like an old fashioned tour and I mean old fashioned think traveling presidential campaigns of the 19th century McKibben and friends were there to rouse the audience to their feet around the biggest threat facing us

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/hidenise?page=5 (2016-04-29)
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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    While the festival has satellites in Austin and Seattle it got its start in Somerville Mass five years ago Last weekend some 30 bands descended on our northern neighbor and a pedagogical symposium on Monday topped it off Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about HONK Activist street bands artists educators talk inclusion hiDenise s blog Vojo at Parking Day with Cambridge Community Television Submitted by hiDenise on September 24 2012 8 04am On Friday morning Becky Rodrigo and I set out for Central Square where we had a date with Cambridge Community Television for Parking Day Parking Day is an international celebration with do ocrats organizations and cities eager to reclaim parking spaces as public spaces Your typical street side spot becomes a mini park an outdoor lounge an open air library I ve seen them all And on Friday the lot in front of CCTV became a pop up broadcast station On one side was a television studio and on the other Vojo Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Vojo at Parking Day with Cambridge Community Television hiDenise s blog Community News Summit Live blogging Submitted by hiDenise on September 13 2012 12 19pm Can I tell you about my first publishing family It s a network of independent publishers loosely known as Block by Block These are your hyperlocals some are citizen journalism based or use crowdsourcing tactics of different measure and all are civically focused There are many different definitions for hyperlocal but the similarity is that they want to get information to geographic communities that are underserved by news outlets In a few hours I ll be hopping the plane to Chicago to attend the annual summit Sept 13 15 I used to attend as The Rapidian s

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/hidenise?page=6 (2016-04-29)
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  • Decentralized Networks for Social Movements: AMC 2015 Liveblog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Waterloo He maintains a project blog at elplatt com and can be found on Twitter as elplatt Decentralized Networks for Social Movements AMC 2015 Liveblog Submitted by elplatt on June 24 2015 12 21pm This was liveblogged at the 2015 Allied Media Conference Allen Kwabena Frimpong Black Lives Matter Tammy Shapiro Movement Netlab Arielle Newton Black Lives Matter In 2011 Occupy Wall Street held huge demonstrations in New York s Zuccotti Park and around the world But within months many media outlets had proclaimed that the movement had entirely disappeared But when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 many of the same participants in OWS organized Occupy Sandy to pick up the slack where FEMA fell short The connections formed by OWS and later tapped to create Occupy Sandy show how decentralized networks can used to quickly organize effective responses Tammy likes to say that traditional organizing takes the temperature and acts accordingly while decentralized movements change the weather Allen introduces some of the properties of smart decentralized networks overlapping clusters a decentralized core and a strong periphery Arielle adds that everyone starts on the periphery and a big part of the organization s job is to bring the periphery into the core She explains that the overlapping clusters are crucial for allowing information to spread and converting weak ties into strong ones Decentralized networks do have roles and functions but their hierarchies are based on level of commitment Tammy adds that decentralized movements often address many issues simultaneously unlike traditional organizations which focus on a single issue sometimes to the detriment of others Platforms like InterOccupy have been important for enabling decentralized networks but tools for organizing online networks are still lacking The group lists some ingredients of a healthy network They believe intentional networks have more success because the

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/elplatt/decentralized-networks-for-social-movements-amc-2015-liveblog (2016-04-29)
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  • elplatt's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    hierarchical groups like TechShop When Jeff first started he tried to do it alone to keep things cheap He blames his gray hairs on this and suggests working with others He admires the model used by Maker Works in Ann Arbor MI He wishes he d gone to something like the makerspace bootcamp they offer before he had started Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Making Together with Jeff Sturges Citizens Rising Liveblog Submitted by elplatt on September 23 2014 2 50pm Live notes from the Citizens Rising event at MIT on Friday Sept 19 2014 Introduction Daniel Miller opens Next Daniel Wong speaks He worked as a designer in 2009 Bad news about the economy and the government weighed on him His sister introduced him to Lessig s work and he got involved with Rootstrikers attended meetings led meetings But then he got a new job and activism fell by the wayside until he came across an article on Gilens s work suggesting that the US government operates as an oligarchy He introduces Martin Gilens Martin Gilens Gilens opens by showing us the most unsettling line in American politics He continues to explain that the near horizontal slope of the line is the significant part It represents the probability of a policy to be adopted as a function of how popular it is with the American people The most popular policies are virtually no more likely than the least popular His results suggest that the views of Americans have very little influence on US policy Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Citizens Rising Liveblog Talking the Talk Communication Styles for Diversity at AlterConf Submitted by elplatt on September 16 2014 12 39pm Photo by jordesign The first AlterConf Boston hosted a mix of techies gamers and journalists to discuss diversity in these communities As a self identified communication nerd I was excited for Shauna Gordon McKeon s Talking the Talk presentation on the role of different communication styles in encouraging diversity inclusion These notes are from her talk Gordon McKeon wants to dispel the myth that arguing is the road to truth that truth people talking emotions data She suggests memorizing stock phrases so they re like second nature when you need them For a deeper analysis of communication she suggests the work of Dr Deborah Tannen Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Talking the Talk Communication Styles for Diversity at AlterConf HOPE X Themes and Reflections Submitted by elplatt on July 22 2014 2 22pm Image by Willow Brugh Over the weekend I attended HOPE X the 10th Hackers on Planet Earth conference organized by 2600 Magazine HOPE is my favorite hacker conference and a strong contender for my favorite conference overall because although content is tech heavy it s not really about technology HOPE is a conference by and for those interested in the hacker ethos of free information understanding the world and empowerment to

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/elplatt (2016-04-29)
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  • Data Sculpture: Media Perspective | MIT Center for Civic Media
    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 Data Sculpture Media Perspective Submitted by elplatt on April 21 2015 9 42am For those of us who work with data we get used to visualizing in our mind and develop an intuition for it For everyone else data visualization usually takes the form of a diagram on a small two dimensional screen Standard data plots can take an exciting idea and turn it into something boring or even worse drudge up memories of panicked high school math exams This experimental data sculpture attempts to draw the viewer into the visualization and connect them with the data on an intuitive physical level The sculpture shows the amount of coverage the U S mainstream media gave to Net Neutrality between January 2014 and April 2015 while the FCC was creating revised Net Neutrality rules Each of the 33 panes of clear acrylic represents a two week time slice with the size of an etched circle corresponding to the amount of coverage The top row shows total Net Neutrality coverage with the other three rows representing coverage of innovation discrimination and regulation in reference to Net Neutrality Attention peaks four times when the FCC announces its proposal at the end of the public comment period after President Obama announces support for reclassifying broadband and finally when the FCC releases its new regulations Coverage is notably low during the public comment period the primary time individual citizens had a chance to influence the policy The visualization also shows that discrimination language used in earlier technical and legal discussion of Net Neutrality disappeared from

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/elplatt/data-sculpture-media-perspective (2016-04-29)
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  • Andrew Keen: The Internet is Not the Answer | MIT Center for Civic Media
    emerge despite Microsoft s dominance of the market Sometimes regulation can enable innovation Ethan agrees with the diagnosis but points out that citizens are losing faith in the government He asks who our Teddy Roosevelt is or what our citizen led movement looks like Andrew says we have a fundamental problem with governance but we have two speeds government speed and Internet speed But if government is not the answer what s the alternative Ethan points out the fragility of big companies like Yahoo who were once a dominant player Critics of regulation say that consumers have an important role to play If we don t like the practices of a particular company can t we just switch In other words do we have space for better alternatives that do not have the inherent problems that Andrew is talking about Ethan asks what is the world you re hoping for Andrew would like government to catch up with the Internet He also wants Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to grow up and become more responsible He gives Facebook s Internet org as an example He sees it as a hypocritical attempt to turn the Internet into Facebook Ethan sees the necessity for political solutions but asks how can we turn away from the Internet when we live in a networked world Or are we deluding ourselves in believing that the Internet can be a helpful tool Andrew juxtaposes the publicly spirited attitude of Tim Berners Lee s vision of the Internet to Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos s attitude of radical commercialization and enormous greed He says we can t go back to the older attitude Tim Berners Lee has suggested a Bill of Rights for the Internet but Andrew would rather see a bill of responsibilities Yu Wang How much of the problem is really capitalism Andrew The Internet and capitalism can t be separated Sharing companies like Uber and TaskRabbit have used the Internet to redefine what capitalism looks like He calls this a return to the robber baron style of capitalism but says he s not anti capitalism He believes in the market but is critical of the unregulated form of capitalism we currently have Susan Kish asks about globalization Andrew One of the great dreams of the Internet was that it would be global and do away with the nation state He argues that the reality of the Internet is increasingly fractured with many different Internets Preeta Bansal If we imagine this moment as similar to the Industrial Revolution can we use the Internet to rethink government and create a more distributed governance Andrew Much of the success of government in regulating the Industrial Revolution had to do with the a revolution in government Maybe we need distributed government but what does that mean Preeta Bansal We don t know yet Andrew There were hopes that the Arab Spring and Occupy would transform into permanent social organizations The Internet has made movements increasingly individualistic allowing everyone to tell

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/elplatt/andrew-keen-the-internet-is-not-the-answer (2016-04-29)
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