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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

This Week in Civic Media: Digital signage project "Sameboat" on display in Wisconsin

Sameboat LED sign

From the Center

  • "Wisconsin foundation develops innovative digital signage project with @civicMIT" (Thanks, @michelemclellan!)
  • @knightfdn: Using technology to connect, and keep us human
  • Our friend Mel King was inducted into the New England Civil Rights hall of fame

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AAGO: an iPod app for engaged youth

Through the Center's Department of Play and the Comparative Media Studies department, I've been working with a team of people to launch Aago, a mobile app for Apple devices focusing on media creation, organization and sharing. Targeted to teens, the app aims to help them document group or individual creative projects (filmmaking, tech or art projects, citizen journalism) by creating "stories" made up of mobile photos, videos, and audio clips, which can then be arranged and exported to the web. Later features include collaborative production both on the app and on the web, where users can create and curate content with select peers or facilitators.

This Week in Civic Media: Cronicas receives its 1,000th report

Cronicas de Heroes

From the Center: "Cronicas de Heroes"

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Join us as a community partner

The MIT Center for Civic Media designs tailored civic media tools and jointly develops them with communities like yours. We want to showcase the possibilities for community-wide empowerment, so we are looking to partner with activists and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

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Kidding Around

The Center for Civic Media showcased its playful side last Friday when it hosted Google’s Computing and Programming Experience (CAPE) program.

Through the CAPE program, 10 local rising 8th graders (five boys and five girls) experience daily life at the Google offices in Kendall Square. Immersed and exposed to the amazing variety of computer science applications at work there, the program reveals how computer science impacts society and culture everyday.

Part of the CAPE program involves visiting local businesses and research facilities to expose the students to the diverse opportunities they have to apply a computer science education. Their visit to the Media Lab included a general tour and time interacting with various Center projects.

Students hailing from the Dorchester neighborhood were interested in the My Dot Tour project introduced by Rahul Bhargava. As one student noted, “it is a great way for people from Dorchester who don’t live there anymore to be able to share their stories and experiences, too.”


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