Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

This Week in Civic Media: VoIP Drupal workshop, "Civic Disobedience" session announced

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News Challenge, and challenges

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Charlie DeTar speaks with Marketplace's Tech Report about "Between the Bars"

Jon Moe of PRI's Marketplace radio show spoke with our Charlie DeTar to get more background on his groundbreaking prison-blogging project, Between the Bars:

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Prison inmates generally don't have access to the Internet. But a new program is letting them publish handwritten blogs online.

We talk to Charlie DeTar. He's a Ph.D candidate at MIT and co-founder of Between the Bars. It's a program where prisoners write out their blog entries longhand, mail them in, and then volunteers scan them and post them online. The prisoners can't look at the entries online, at least not while they're locked up, but can receive printouts of what it looks like and what comments they've received.

This Week in Civic Media: National Conference for Media Reform, Beyond Books

National Conference for Media Reform
What a great time! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and our demo session this weekend, including a huge number of fellow News Challenge winners. And an overmediated high-five goes out to the conference organizers from FreePress, especially Candace Clement and Libby Reinish, for inviting the Center to be a local host committee member, as well as to volunteer boothtenders Regan, Dan, and Jeff.

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Cd. Juárez, MEX –CRONICAS DE HEROES– OTRA CARA, OTRA HISTORIA…

A partir de los 90’s Cd. Juárez empezó a formar parte constante del vocabulario global, principalmente como resultado del libre comercio y del establecimiento de cientos de maquiladoras en la ciudad. Muchos cambios se han suscitado en las últimas décadas, incremento acelerado de la población, cambios en mano de obra, altos niveles de contaminación, etc. pero también se ha visto un incremento en crimen, ejemplo de ello son los Femicidios y una ola de violencia en los últimos años los cuales han contribuido a la difusión negativa de Cd. Juárez. A través de diferentes Medios de comunicación los foráneos nos enteramos de esa Ciudad Juárez, esa que muestra o da la imagen de una ciudad brutal. Sin embargo este blog no intenta hablar de esa historia la cual forma parte de la noticia diaria, este blog por lo contrario desea hablar de esa OTRA CARA, de esa OTRA HISTORIA que también existe en la ciudad, en la cual más de un millón de individuos continúan con su vida cotidiana de una manera pacífica y responsable.

This Week in Civic Media: The relaunch of our prison blogging platform, and Steve Kurtz at MIT

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