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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

This Week in Civic Media 11.05.10: Civic media and the law; When politics meets pop culture, and more

From the Center

  • New podcast: "Civic Media and the Law" http://cot.ag/9NIEEe David Ardia (@berkmancenter), Micah Sifry, and Daniel Schuman (@sunfoundation)
  • New podcast: Emerson College's Eric Gordon (@ericbot) on local engagement games http://cot.ag/aSGn1f
  • When Politics Meets Pop Culture: The Mid-Term Election Report http://cot.ag/aNw14Z @henryjenkins

From our Friends

  • @GambitGameLab: Come to the GAMBIT Exhibit Grand Opening at the MIT Museum on November 12th, 2010 from 5:30-7:30PM http://ow.ly/32OxX
  • The Boston Chinatown public library branch: a beautiful if frustrating post from MIT CoLab http://colabradio.mit.edu/?p=6457
  • @jason_pontin: Those waves of grass-roots political sentiment on Twitter? Just astroturf. Fake, sent out by bots http://bit.ly/9els5c

Knight News Challenge

Podcast: "Communications Forum: Civic Media and the Law"

David Ardia, Daniel Schuman, and Micah Sifry

What do citizens need to know when they publicly address legally challenging or dangerous topics? Journalists have always had the privilege, protected by statute, of not having to reveal their sources. But as more investigative journalism is conducted by so-called amateurs and posted on blogs or websites such as Wikileaks, what are the legal dangers for publishing secrets in the crowdsourced era? We convene an engaging group law scholars to help outline the legal challenges ahead, suggest policies that might help to protect citizens, and describe what steps every civic media practitioner should take to protect themselves and their users.

David Ardia runs the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Micah Sifry is a co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum.

Daniel Schuman is the policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation, where he helps develop policies that further Sunlight's mission of catalyzing greater government openness and transparency.

Podcast: "Communications Forum: Civic Media and the Law"

David Ardia, Daniel Schuman, and Micah Sifry

What do citizens need to know when they publicly address legally challenging or dangerous topics? Journalists have always had the privilege, protected by statute, of not having to reveal their sources. But as more investigative journalism is conducted by so-called amateurs and posted on blogs or websites such as Wikileaks, what are the legal dangers for publishing secrets in the crowdsourced era? We convene an engaging group law scholars to help outline the legal challenges ahead, suggest policies that might help to protect citizens, and describe what steps every civic media practitioner should take to protect themselves and their users.

David Ardia runs the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Micah Sifry is a co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum.

Daniel Schuman is the policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation, where he helps develop policies that further Sunlight's mission of catalyzing greater government openness and transparency.

When Politics Meets Pop Culture: The Mid-Term Election Report

I am writing this well before any election returns have come in. At the moment, I do not know for sure how well any of these candidates fared in the American mid-term elections last night (and given the likely results, I might prefer to remain in blissful ignorance for a bit.) Actually, if you are reading this it is probably because I stayed up way too late last night watching the returns.

Job Openings @ OpenPlans: Software Engineers for Open Source Transit Projects

Via our friend Nick Grossman:

Hey Everyone--

I have a great job opportunity for the right civic hacker or transit developer. OpenPlans' transportation software business is growing quickly, and we are looking to add at least two talented software engineers to our team. The job description is here:

http://openplans.org/jobs/current-openings/software-engineer-for-open...

For those who don't know OpenPlans, we are a non-profit software & media company focused on livable cities, open government, and open source software. Our transportation software team is working with transportation agencies across the US to build the "open transportation stack", beginning with multi-modal trip planners, real-time vehicle location systems, and more. You can read more at http://openplans.org/transportation.

Please pass it along!

Thanks,
Nick

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