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DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part One)

This is the first of an ongoing series of curated selections of DIY Video prepared in relation to the screening of DIY Video 2010 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and organized by Mimi Ito, Steve Anderson, and the good folks at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. The following curator's statement was developed by Sasha Constanza-Chock.

Activist Media: curated by Sasha Costanza-Chock

I was invited by Steve Anderson and Mimi Ito to curate a program of 'Activist Video' for DIY Video 2010. I was happy to get involved since this is an area that I both study (as a postdoc at the ASC&J and a Fellow at the Berkman Center []) and have been an active participant in for about 10 years now.

Charlie DeTar speaks with WNYC's "The Takeaway" about his prison blogging platform, Between the Bars

Our own Charlie DeTar was interviewed by John Hockenberry today on the WNYC program The Takeaway.

He spoke with Hockenberry about his Center project Between the Bars, a blogging system that helps prisoners document their experiences and maintain outside social ties, which may help lower recidivism rates:

There are more than 1.6 million people currently incarcerated in the United States — and more than 7.3 million people on probation, in jail or on parole. Yet people "on the outside" know very little about what goes on in American prisons. A new website developed by the MIT Media Lab is giving prisoners the opportunity to blog about life in jail.

Charlie DeTar, PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of Between the Bars: Human Stories From Prison, joins us to explain how the project hopes to give prisoners a voice and increase the transparency of the U.S. prison system.

This Week in Civic Media 10.22.10: HuffPo, CPI and Knight create non-profit investigative enterprise

From the Center

From our Friends/Fellow News Challenge winners

Anatomy of a Shutdown

The blog headline read, "What Works". How ironic. It was published the day a community website I was involved with bit the dust after five-plus years.

Towards a New Civic Ecology: Addressing the Grand Challenges

Last week, I was asked to deliver one of the keynotes for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges conference which was hosted on the USC campus. I had not been aware of the Grand Challenges program previously, but it seems to bring together engineering students and faculty to work together to confront some of the major problems of the 21st century, seeking to inspire them to direct their research towards the public good and social betterment. I was asked to open a panel on Communications by telling them what they needed to know about how to share their insights and ideas with key stakeholders in the current media landscape.

What follows is my attempt to capture some of the key insights that I shared during my presentation.

Towards a New Civic Ecology


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