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This Week in Civic Media 05.07.2010: Social media and the “boil-water” order; MIT News Office wins a Webby

A quiet week in the aggregate for civic media news, but a few major stories popped up. Social media played a remarkably effective role during greater Boston’s boil-water order Here at MIT, the MIT News Office won a well-deserved People’s Voice Webby. And in a case with wide-ranging implications, in an obscenity-filled opinion the U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech

Most importantly, though, our congratulations to the Center’s outreach coordinator Christina Xu on helping run a crazy-successful ROFLCon, including the fact that the local Toscanini’s, in honor of the conference, made an ice cream flavor named The Internet:

From our Friends

  • Our thanks to Community Foundation of South Wood County (Wisc.) for sending us unprecedentedly delicious local cranberries. We look forward to more work with them


  • China Tightens Media Control at Shanghai Expo via @pbsmediashift
  • @colinrhinesmith: FCC chair to go for net neutrality, assert authority over ISPs: (via @ceciliakang)

Community Media

  • Cambridge Community TV Shows How Public Access TV Can Transition to Digital feat. @colinrhinesmith

Grudging Admiration for One Small Sliver of their Actions

  • BP provides social media template for dealing with a p.r. disaster via @pepperdigital