Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

This Week in Civic Media 05.28.10: Gulf spill photos; FCC's authority over broadband; GOP's savvy outreach

Gulf Oil Spill

  • @CrisisMappers: CM*Net Webcast: Grassroots Mapping Gulf #OilSpill w Balloons & Kites! w Jeffrey Warren http://bit.ly/9PRm5h
  • B.P. on the hook for $10b in civil penalties--though would take years to collect http://cot.ag/blQzvy
  • Boston Globe runs photo of #oilspill taken by our Jeff Warren during a #grassrootsmapping trip http://cot.ag/9FqBko
  • @BPGlobalPR: Negative people view the ocean as half empty of oil. We are dedicated to making it half full. Stay positive America!

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Video: Civics in Difficult Places

From the MIT Communications Fourm, which co-hosted last month's Civics in Difficult Places "call-in" show with us and Ethan Zuckerman:

In a live demonstration of globe-straddling communication technologies like Skype, this forum connects to citizen journalists and activists around the world, some of whom frequently test the limits of governmental authority. Moderator Ethan Zuckerman wonders if these new digital forms are fundamentally liberating, providing users access to public spaces they might otherwise be denied. He pursues this line of inquiry in a series of internet conversations with correspondents covering some of the world’s most ravaged or oppressed regions.

Video: Civics in Difficult Places

In a live demonstration of globe-straddling communication technologies like Skype, this forum connects to citizen journalists and activists around the world, some of whom frequently test the limits of governmental authority. Moderator Ethan Zuckerman wonders if these new digital forms are fundamentally liberating, providing users access to public spaces they might otherwise be denied. He pursues this line of inquiry in a series of internet conversations with correspondents covering some of the world’s most ravaged or oppressed regions.

Wanna Come Out and Play? Community Engagement & Technology Development

[This post originally appeared on the MIT CoLab Radio blog, in Danielle Martin's Media Mindfulness column.]

When my old friend and collaborator Leo Burd returned to MIT as a research scientist for the Center for Future Civic Media (C4FCM), we started to gather some like-minded folks to discuss how media and mapping tools and youth civic engagement can intersect in the world of the Media Lab. Both of us have often been called a bridge or a translator between technology developers and underserved community members. We see a value in equalizing the power that comes from self construction, blurring the role of creator and user.

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