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The Passion of Chelsea Manning: Chase Madar and Noam Chomsky

Liveblog by @schock of the Starr Forum talk by Chomsky and Madar at MIT, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies. All errors mine!

Chomsky and Madar are introduced by John Tirman, Director of the MIT Center for International Studies. Chase Madar wrote the Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story of the Suspect Behind the Largest Security Breach in US History. He's a civil rights attorney who has written for many publications, including the Nation, the Atlantic, Le Monde, and so on. Noam Chomsky, says Tirman, needs no introduction.

Chomsky on 'national security'

After Snowden: Towards Distributed Security in Cyberspace

Black Code

These notes were liveblogged from the talk  After Snowden: Towards Distributed Security in Cyberspace. Ronald Deibert, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, spoke at , Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall. The hashtag for the talk was #BlackCode. Live blog by @schock, @erhardt, and various anonymous pandas (tweet at us to add your name if you contributed). All errors ours!

From Story to Action: Liveblogging the Camden International Film Fest

Liveblog by @schock and @scrumbly1. All errors ours!

It's day two of the Camden International Film Festival's Points North Documentary Film Forum, and we're liveblogging the session "From Story to Action." From the program:

"Since the days of Grierson, documentary filmmakers have been driven by a desire to affect social change through storytelling. Today’s filmmakers have more tools at their disposal than ever before to engage audiences and close the gap between inspiration and action. In this panel, filmmakers, outreach coordinators and funders discuss ideas and strategies for using film to create meaningful social impact."

Linking Designers and Organizers: Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Liveblog by @schock with help from two anonymous people on the etherpad. In this talk, Christine Gaspar, ED of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, provides an overview of their methodology, pedagogy, products, and project areas, drawing on key examples in areas including food, sanitation, telecommunications, education, policing, housing, development, participatory budgeting, and more. All errors: ours!

The Government is Profiling You: William Binney (former NSA)

CORRECTIONS via Deborah Hurley: The organizers of the event were Deborah Hurley and Ron Rivest. The event was co-sponsored by MIT Cryptography and Information Security Group and the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference ( I invited Bill Binney to give his talk and invited Carol Rose, ACLU of Massachusetts, to serve as discussant to Bill's talk. The talk was subsequently posted at: Following the recent revelations, I learned (yesterday) that someone had posted it here: Although the MIT techtv version was fine initially, it does seem to have developed some audio/video problems.


Henry Jenkins: Participatory Culture, Politics, and Learning

Jenkins at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Henry Jenkins gave the closing keynote at the International Communications Association Latin American Conference in Santiago de Chile two weeks ago. His talk was titled "From Participatory Culture to Participatory Politics by Way of Participatory Learning." This post contains live notes by @schock w/additional links by "mariel." If you'd like to see Jenkins speak IRL, he'll be in town this weekend for Futures of Entertainment 6.


What is participation?

Jenkins wants to take us on a trajectory of thinking about what we mean by participation. It's a term he's used throughout his career, but also has been shifting in its cultural and academic resonance over time. He'll link participatory politics, culture, and learning.


Intro to Civic Media - course kickoff + first assignment

Last week was the first meeting of CMS.360/860: Introduction to Civic Media. This is the second time I'm teaching the course, this year with Becky Hurwitz on board as TA. We've been revising the syllabus, based on a combination of feedback from last year's students, a massive sticky-note brainstorm by the incoming class, new developments in the field, the wisdom of crowds, and whimsy. You can take a look at the syllabus here: