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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

We're Hiring! Civic Technology Programmer needed

We've got an open seat here at the Center for Civic Media - we're trying to hire a Civic Technology Programmer. Are you, or do you know, a hacker excited about the civic engagement space? Let us know!

We are looking for someone to help us bring our research projects to a wider audience. The job will be a mix of product work and research - juggling projects, working with brilliant people inside and outside the Media Lab, and have the chance to work on new civic technology that can have a real impact! The position is for here at the Lab, hopefully full time. The tech needs start with Drupal and Ruby on Rails, but will include lots of other things too.

We're a small team looking for someone that is a good fit. Pass along this post, or contact for more info. You have to apply officially through the link below.

Political cookies, toward private politics

The MIT Technology Review just posted Campaigns to Track Voters with "Political Cookies". It freaks me out for a reason I'll get to below...

The technology involves matching a person's Web identity with information gathered about that person offline, including his or her party registration, voting history, charitable donations, address, age, and even hobbies.

Companies selling political targeting services say "microtargeting" of campaign advertising will make it less expensive, more up to the minute, and possibly less intrusive. But critics say there's a downside to political ads that combine offline and online data. "These are not your mom and pop TV ads.

Affordable Care Act and Political Speculation

In expectation of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, I've been looking at predictions, public poll stats and listening to commentary full of speculation. These have been hard to miss, reading the news in the last week. In this blog post, I look at a few methods for speculation – public opinion polls, opinion pieces, and InTrade.

Story And Algorithm: A Comprehensive #CivicMedia Conference Summary

If anything sums up this year's Knight MIT Conference on Civic Media, it was Joi Ito's argument for creativity and risk, encouraging us to pursue visions that we do not yet know how to describe. The Civic Media Conference is a new breed of gathering for networked thinking and doing: action research woven with creative diversity and energised by funding model innovation.

Part SXSW, part Barcamp, the conference combined hackdays, funding announcements, panel discussions, and stand-up storytelling. As a flagship demonstration of Ethan Zuckerman's vision for the emerging field of Civic Media, the conference was spectacular. But for Civic Media to flourish while bridging so many communities, this new ecosystem needs to foster stronger, more diverse ties.

This is a summary post. Each session gets one or two paragraphs, with the video embedded. Each section also has a link to amazingly comprehensive and detailed posts by our liveblog team. If any of these ideas interests you, the liveblog is the best place to find in-depth discussion.

PageOneX, ready steady go!

This blog post was first posted at on June 6th 2012.

View this datavis full size at gigapan and the related post about May 2012 social  mobilizations in Spain.

Today's post is to present the tool we are building this summer: PageOneX. The idea behind is to make online and easier the coding process of front page newspapers. Make  this visualization process available for researchers, advocacy groups and anyone interested. I'll will give some background about this process.


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