Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

News and Millennials

Liveblog by Dalia and Adrienne

Tran Ha- Knight Foundation Fellow

Tran asks the audience to yell out what they associate with millennials. “Young” “Selfie” “Falcon”(?). Tran adds Justin Beiber, entitlement and says eventually the phrase, “I just don’t get why ____…” comes up.

She asks, what does the future of news and innovation look like for this group? Are we destined to a future of grumpy cat memes? As a fellow this year she looked at what millennials pay attention to. What are their needs? What is important to them? How do they define news?
Tran shares an anecdote from an interview of a young man who gets his news is more than information channels. He says that news comes from more places than TV, radio, etc. To him, news is what he sees on Instagram.

Surveillance and the Open Internet

From the program: Revelations about the extent of US government surveillance of digital communications have changed the debate about internet governance, online privacy, and the role of the internet as a public sphere. In a post-Snowden era, how do we protect revelations from human rights activists? Of journalistic sources? What does surveillance mean for vulnerable populations? Will surveillance change the web as we know it from a single, connected network to one where national sovereignty is increasingly important?


The Open Web and Participation

Live blogged by Rahul Bhargava and Matt Stempeck Monday, June 23, 2014 - 3:45pm

The Internet lowers coordination costs, making it easier for groups of people to cooperate and work together. Despite this, it's often been hard to apply the lessons of online cooperation to the world of civics. A set of exciting new projects and initiatives offers hope for what's possible and a clearer sense of the challenges of using the web to participate in offline social change.

Why Does a Free Internet Matter? Alberto Ibarguen Explains

"How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?" is the theme of the most recent Knight News Challenge, which received 704 submissions, supported 54 entries through a refinement process, and is announcing the winners today. Previous challenges have focused on health data, Open Government, Mobile News, Networks, and much more. Sands Fish and I were there to liveblog the announcement of grantees.

Project Maps Gatekeepers of Eastern Europe's Digital Networks, supported by the Knight Foundation

Who are the Gatekeepers is a project by Manuela Preoteasa and Paul Radu at the Journalism Development Network to examine the gatekeepers of Eastern Europe's digital networks.

We're here at the MIT Knight Civic Media Conference, where Alberto Ibarguen and John Bracken have just announced the winners of the latest news challenge, which asked the question "How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?" Sands Fish and I were there to liveblog the presentation of grantees.


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