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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Digital Signage on the Cheap in Union Sq


We are excited to be pilot testing a neighborhood installation of our Lost In Boston Realtime digital signage system with partners locally in Union Square, Somerville! Our main goal with these signs is to increase awareness of and engagement in community services by showcasing transit data and a community calendar on scrolling led signs located in local businesses. We've worked with our wonderful community partners to install three signs in local Union Square businesses, and have designed an assessment plan for the summer to measure their impact.

Opportunity

The Importance of Stakeholders as Designers

Something that has been echoed by many of the speakers at today's Knight Civic Media Conference is the importance of considering who participates in the design of a technology. Sasha Constanza-Chock spoke about the importance of using open technologies and open data when developing tools for communities. Chris Csikszentmihalyi spoke about how those with power producing technology tend to make technologies that reinforce their power. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, one of this year's grant winners, emphasized the importance of community participation and ownership in the collection of scientific data. But why is this important? Don't closed systems like Twitter or Facebook have the potential for great social good?

Ethan Zuckerman, cyberscholar and activist, to lead MIT Center for Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman -- scholar of the global blogosphere, free expression, and social translation -- will be introduced today as the new director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media. He will lead an influential group of technologists and academics committed to empowering communities around the globe by inventing and testing civic media tools and practices.

The announcement is to be made at the Center’s annual Civic Media Conference, co-hosted with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

This Week in Civic Media: In less than two weeks, a new website and the Knight News Challenge announcement

From the Center

  • Prep for bean spillage: new website, News Challenge announcement, new everything http://cot.ag/kyeIAw

The Future of News May Be Too Fast

  • Slow down and smell the facts: In rush, national media reports local media's gory but 100% untrue story http://cot.ag/lBmeG6

Censorship and Transparency

  • MT @jayrosen_nyu: Turns out the Palin emails are a kind of milestone in pro-am journalism, as an inflection point. http://jr.ly/9ugd
  • "It's long past time for government to get over its skittishness about digital redaction." http://cot.ag/mbVhl7

Shadow Internet for dissidents

More reason we need BetweenTheBars.org

Prep for bean spillage: new website, News Challenge announcement, new everything

On June 22, a lot happens. Don't freak out.

By then, we'll have a new website launched -- courtesy of our fantastic Drupal design team at Civic Actions -- and at 2:30pm that day, Knight Foundation will unveil its 2011 Knight News Challenge winners at our annual MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. In fact, even though it's a small invitation-only conference, we want to make sure you can watch the announcement live:

http://civic.mit.edu/conference2011/livestream

But by way of a teaser, on that same day, we'll have major announcements of our own. Two of them. Probably the biggest pieces of news since Chris, Mitch, and Henry Jenkins proposed the idea for the Center four years ago.

So keep your eyes here, even though they'll have to adjust to Civic Actions' brilliant new design.

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