Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

danah boyd - It's Complicated

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."

Database Skillshare

Databases! Apparently they are useful. In a quest to better understand this gap in my knowledge, Rahul, Yu, Joshua, and I sat down.

There are so many tools out there. What you invest in learning is important because you don't know what will still be around, especially the web-based ones.

Relational Databases

Codesign Studio: Mar 1-2 CounterSurveillance DiscoTech

Our Spring 2014 Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu) has begun. This semester, we're experimenting with a few new pieces:

  • Surveillance theme - all of our partnerships are with partners who are organizing and creating around issues of surveillance
  • Distributed partnerships - partners this semester are not just Boston-based
  • DiscoTech/Hackathon - we're supporting a distributed DiscoTech (discovering technology) event, which is a sort of "inclusive" hackathon.

codesignpo2-600

Partners!
As always, our partners and students are amazing. Here's a link to the recorded live stream of all of the partner presentations.

ICU Oakland: Surveillance Camera Walking Tours and Anti-Surveillance Community Organizing

contributors: Sarah Reilly (Design Action Collective), Salima Hamirani, Jesse Strauss (Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant), Bex Hurwitz (RAD/MIT Center for Civic Media), Mark Burdett (EFF), Emi Kane (Allied Media Projects)
orig post date: Oct 2013

UPDATE: Check out Oakland Privacy Group's post for the latest about the DAC! https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/177/


Surveillance Camera Map made from walking tour in Oakland CA.
Surveillance Camera Map made from walking tour in Oakland CA.

 

Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow discuss mass incarceration and restorative justice

Notes from the Media Lab Conversations Series with Shaka Senghor and Martha Minow, 2/7. This is a collaborative liveblog and may contain errors. Contributors: Edward L. Platt and Erhardt Graeff.

Shaka Senghor - Author, mentor, activist, ML Director's Fellow. Author of Writing My Wrongs

Martha Minow - Dean and Prof at Harvard Law School. Author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness

SHAKA

Shaka's journey started as many others in his community in Detroit during the crack era. He ran away at age 13, got involved with selling drugs and became addicted. He was robbed at gunpoint, beaten, and left for dead in the back of a crack house.

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