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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock, civic media specialist, joins MIT faculty

An exciting announcement just via MIT Comparative Media Studies director Jim Paradis. Costanza-Chock will work closely with the Center starting with his arrival this fall:

Comparative Media Studies at MIT is pleased to announce that Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Civic Media and will begin teaching at MIT in the fall of 2011.

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar and media maker who works in the interrelated areas of social movements and information and communication technologies; participatory technology design and community based participatory research; and the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights, including comunicación populár.

His work has involved the use of mobile phones for social change; digital literacies and digital inclusion; and race, class, and gender in digital space. He has done research on the transformation of public media systems; the political economy of communication; and information and communications policy.

The Week in Civic Media 01.28.11: Civic media podcasts, National Conference for Media Reform

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National Conference for Media Reform early-bird pricing

The Center for Future Civic Media is a proud member of the local host committee for the National Conference for Media Reform (April 8-10, here in Boston).

As such, we want to encourage everyone to take advantage of early registration pricing, which ends Friday ($125 vs. $175 afterward).

Here's why you should: A long list of amazing people will be there. They range from experts on Internet law to a Tony Award-winning playwright, and from a Nobel laureate to organizers working on the front lines of the media reform movement.

Here are just a few of the amazing people who will be joining us in Boston:

Podcast: Sasha Costanza-Chock, "Se Ve, Se Siente: Transmedia Mobilization in the Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Movement"

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar and mediamaker who works in areas including: social movements and ICTs; participatory technology design and community based participatory research; the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights; comunicación populár; mobile phones and social change; digital literacies and digital inclusion; race, class, and gender in digital space, the transformation of public media systems; the political economy of communication; and information and communications policy. He holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate, and is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Sasha presently lives in Los Angeles, where he works with community-based organizations to develop critical digital literacies (for example, see http://vozmob.net).

Podcast: Gabriella Coleman, "Anonymous, the Politics of Spectacle, and Geek Protests against the Church of Scientology"

Trained as an anthropologist, Gabriella (Biella) Coleman examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism. Between 2001-2003 she conducted ethnographic research on computer hackers primarily in San Francisco, the Netherlands, as well as those hackers who work on the largest free software project, Debian. She is completing a book manuscript "Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software."

Photo by Trebor Scholz.

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