Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Teachable Moments in #CivicMedia

A panel at the MIT-Knight Civic Media conference was about the Open Web's Second Chance, and the problems we are facing with growing the open web movement.  The panelists were Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation and Seamus Kraft, Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation.  Mark kicked things off with the story of the open web, how Mozilla was born in 1997 and where he sees the movement today.  Then the conversation turned to Seamus, who was first logging online 17 years ago when Mozilla was founded.

Media-Making Strategies to Support Community and Learning at Hackathons

Many of us who organise hack days and hackathons say that we value learning, community, and collaboration, but our media often highlights individuals and their projects. When organisers highlight a small number of winners, we open ourselves up to critiques that we're peddling shallow solutionism, token civic engagement, exploitative labor practices, and half-baked projects that never create impact. We need to ban the big cheque photo op.

This year, we're seeing wide experimentation with the hackathon format to make events more inclusive and community oriented. I especially love Laurenellen McCann's post on hybrid hackathon block parties. Whatever your format, how can organisers and journalists highlight communities and support learning? This post lists some of the best advice I've found.

Liveblogging #ODR2014: ICT and Environmental/Multiparty Disputes

I’m here at the ODR2014 conference. ODR2014 is the annual meeting of the Online Dispute Resolution Forum, an international assembly of lawyers, mediators, technologists, and others who care about technology and dispute resolution.

The livestream is here. What follows is a best efforts summary of the session. 


Colin introduces Jason Gershowitz, Senior Collaborative Technology Associate at the strategic communications and collaboration firm Kearns & West (and former wilderness camp counselor), and Scott Fulton, Former General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, who are here to talk about ODR and the environment.

Scott starts by saying he's not tech guy, he's an environmental lawyer, but he's been peripherally affiliated with various ODR folks for many years and he's happy to contribute the conference. He offers to provide some context on the possibilities of ODR in environmental disputes.

Liveblogging #ODR2014: International Developments in ODR

I’m here at the ODR2014 conference. ODR2014 is the annual meeting of the Online Dispute Resolution Forum, an international assembly of lawyers, mediators, technologists, and others who care about technology and dispute resolution.

The livestream is here. What follows is a best-efforts summary of the session. 


The first panel on day three of ODR2014 has an internationalist perspective, moderated by Amy Schmitz, a Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. She introduces Julia Salasky, an associate legal officer at the United Nations. She works with UNCITRAL, a core legal body of the UN that formulates and regulates international trade.

Design Strategies for Serendipity and How They Might Fail

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