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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

What can Journalists Learn from The Daily Show: An Interview with Amber Day (Part One)

In case anyone was wondering, I'm not dead...yet. I seem to have spent the past few weeks AWOL on this blog, having gotten my rhythm thrown off over a particular intense period of activity on my part. Every day, I've been deluding myself into thinking I'd jump back into the swing of things, and I've been busy planning some really cool stuff for the summer which I will be announcing soon, but I've been silent. Sorry, guys.

This Week in Civic Media: Civic Disobedience talk this Thursday 5pm

Upcoming Public Events

  • Civic Media Session: "Civic Disobedience" this Thursday with @ethanz, @cshirky, @techsoc and @ifikra
  • VoIP Drupal webinar, May 12. In just 1 hour, learn to use a Drupal site to make and receive phone calls!

ExtrAct, natural gas accountability

  • Us in Reuters: "MIT Web Tools Help Small Landowners Navigate Gas Leasing Frenzy"

Osama bin Laden killed

  • @newyorker's Steve Coll: bin Laden compound was built on Pakistani military land


New Media Lab director

Video: "Steve Kurtz: Cultural Resistance"

A Civic Media Session about models and techniques for public interventions and soft subversions aimed at undermining authoritarian tendencies in a time of neo-liberal domination.

Known for his work in Electronic Civil Disobedience and BioArt, Steve Kurtz is a founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble, a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism.

Download! (.mp4)

This Week in Civic Media: Luciano Calestini (today) room-change, Database journalism

UNICEF Kosovo Innovation Lab

  • Room change! E14-525. Today at MIT, 3pm, RSVP req. "An afternoon with Luciano Calestini, Deputy Head of Office, UNICEF Kosovo Innovation Lab"

Future of Journalism

  • It's a question that's nagged at us too, @EricNewton1: what are the new economics of investigative journalism?
  • Want to win a Pulitzer through database journalism? Be ready for Medicare billing data should senators pass this law
  • RT @kdmc: FCC, Knight launch apps for communities contest to bring public data to digitally underserved:

Fracking/Natural gas extraction

This Week in Civic Media: VoIP Drupal workshop, "Civic Disobedience" session announced

From the Center

News Challenge, and challenges



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