Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Amauta Free Space Project outline (kind of)

So, as I mentioned before, I am trying to build a prototype based on an idea for a collaborate site. The final paper will try to use most of the different themes we have discussed in class, but it will approach these subjects in a way that it challenges this tool, asking, "how would this web platform address these issues we discussed?". It would then try to find the appropriate way to incorporate the reflections within the prototype itself. This idea for a platform was already trying to deal with most of these issues, so it would try to delve further into them. Yet the platform idea is more of an excuse (or exercise) to try and synthetize all these topics and connect the dots.

The Week in Civic Media: Data Therapy Webinar

From the Center

Chinese Scholars on Internet and Civil Society

The question how Internet empowers or disempwers Chinese civil society has haunted me for some time and in 2010 I did a Chinese college students survey to try to establish the linear causal relationship between social networking sites use and their political participation, but when I look back I feel the question being asked might be too simplistic. Studies on the relations between Internet use and Chinese civil society ( the term civil society definitely needs to be re-examined in an authoritarian context) should not be reduced only to discover a positive/negative linkage pattern, but instead other social factors, and cultural contexts should be taken into consideration to complicate the research questions.

Social Change and the unit of participation

This diagram is inspired by a talk Bill Moggridge gave at the Media Lab, where he talked about the concept of the unit of participation - where smaller the unit of participation (blog post larger than a tweet), the easier it is for people to participate.
Social change and the unit of participation

POLL: Would you read a weekly email that challenges your beliefs?

The product: You take a basic quiz to see where you fall on the spectrum of ideologies. Then, once a week, you get an email featuring a carefully selected reading or video that may challenge your political beliefs, but is otherwise intelligent and thought-provoking.

Would you sign up for such a service?

The inspiration:
In The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser warns that internet companies are personalizing our online experiences so effectively that we risk surrounding ourselves with nothing but digital yes-men. The result, paired with cable news stations that only need to appeal to the partisan extremes, is a customized echo chamber that endangers democracy. You've seen this argument before.


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