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Political & Journalistic Art in the Age of Ubiquitous Image

In an age of smartphone cameras and ubiquitous surveillance, what place is there for artists in politics? What does journalistic, political art look like?

This summer, I've been exploring the role of comics in nonfiction, blogging about Nick Sousanis's academic comics and interviewing Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld with The Atlantic. I was excited to hear Molly Crabapple at the Berkman Center today.

Crowd Curation: Participatory Archives and the Curarium Project

How can online platforms combine learning with crowdsourcing? Today at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the team behind Curarium explained the rationale behind their project and showed us wireframes of the upcoming design. It's a theme we're also considering at the Center for Civic Media; last year we featured a talk by Pamela Wright on Connecting Popular Audiences with the National Archives.

Charities in Seattle and Beyond

I'm just back from an amazing summer in Seattle at Microsoft Fuse Labs. As I unpack back at MIT, I'm enjoying great memories and stories of neighbourhoods and organisations that are doing fantastic work in Seattle. 

FareStart Guest Chef Night

FareStart Guest Chef Night, 2011, by Caffe Vita on Flickr

Before I left, I asked friends for suggestions of Seattle charities. Here are some of the organisations in Seattle and elsewhere that I chose to support, followed by the list of other awesome organisations I learned about this summer. Have I missed any? Add your suggestions in the comments.

How To Choose The Best Way to Create Change

"Sometimes you wake up and realise that you want to change the world."

Last week, Mark Simpkins wrote a blog post about how hard it is to know what to do if we want to create change. "When do I create a pledge? When do I contact my MP? When do I take to the streets?" he asks. "How do we move from someone who cares about an issue to taking action that will be genuinely meaningful? Might search or lists help people decide what to do?"

This blog post is my response to Mark.

CHANGE

Making Data Useful: Projects from the Microsoft Design Summit 2013

We live in a world alive with sensors and data. The big data, sensor networks and transparency movements have left us with a supply-side glut of potential useful free data that is lying fallow. How can we use this to improve life, local community and the world at large? Today, the Microsoft Design Expo, part of the annual Faculty Summit, showcased projects along this theme from design students at 8 universities.

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