Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Emoji Karaoke at the Boston Internet Research Party

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.

Uncovering Algorithms: Looking Inside the Facebook News Feed

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:

HOPE X: Themes and Reflections


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 fix what is broken— including keynote speakers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. So HOPE is a great place to think about the intersection of technology, journalism, and activism. Throughout the conference, I noticed several recurring themes.

Code Is Not Enough

HOPEX: Community owned and operated cellular networks in rural mexico

Disclaimer: un-cleaned-up copypaste from a shared piratepad for livenotes of this talk. Originals here: http://piratepad.net/hopex

Community owned and operated cellular networks in rural mexico, with rhizomatica

Maka Muñoz and Peter Bloom

Maka begins with context: ´when I say mexico, what images come to your mind?´

The crowd: drugs, corruption, tacos, chocolate. Zapatistas!

For many people, Mexico is synonymous with tourism, narcos, indigenous cultures. How many people have been to Mexico?

About half the crowd raises their hands.

And Oaxaca?

A few scattered hands.

HOPEX: Daniel Ellsberg

Disclaimer: un-cleaned-up copypaste from a shared piratepad for livenotes of this talk. Originals here: http://piratepad.net/hopex

Hashtags: #hopex and #asksnowden

Moderator: Daniel Ellsberg will be up first, then a short break, then Snowden will connect from Russia. There will be a 1 min standing ovation for Snowden when he shows up.

[daniel ellsberg takes the stage. Does a Nixon pose ;p ]

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