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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

While they're hot: Video now available from our "Slow-Moving Crises" forum

For anyone who missed the great forum on slow-moving crises--on those complex stories that never seem to get the right kind of coverage--video is now available on TechTV:

MIT Tech TV

Clips of the individual speakers are also posted:

Video: "Communications Forum: Public Communications in Slow-Moving Crises"

MIT Tech TV

Governments, corporations, and communities plan for sudden crises: the White House drafts strong responsive rhetoric for the next terrorist attack; Toyota runs reassuring national TV spots within hours of a product recall; and 32 Massachusetts towns successfully publicize water distribution sites following a water main rupture.

Huge video leak of 2009 Moldovan protests and state violence

[View one of the videos.]

In April 2009, following an election widely viewed as rigged, protests erupted in Moldova.

But closed-circuit video footage of the protests and subsequent violence has been leaked, and the Center for Future Civic Media was approached by the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism to make available those 16 hours of footage, now available at dickgregoryforpresident.com.

President Vladimir Voronin and the communist regime reacted violently to the protests, suspending the constitution starting with that night. The results: at least three dead youth, almost one thousand young people illegally arrested and tortured, over one thousand days of arrests issued, a president and prime-minister threatening to shoot the protesters and ordering the sequestration of students in schools.



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More than a year and a half after, nobody knows the names of people responsible for the abuses committed during those days.

Seeking Media Lab master's program applicants to work with us on civic media

The MIT Media Lab is accepting applications to its MAS graduate program for work in the Center for Future Civic Media. Details on the Media Lab admissions process may be found at:
http://admissions.media.mit.edu/admissions

Please note that the application deadline is Dec. 15.

Civic Media: How to create systems that collect and disseminate the information necessary to enable individual and group civic participation in local, regional and global communities.

We explore the emerging world of civic media, a term that includes citizen journalism, but is broad enough to include forms of communication that strengthen social bonds and lead to civic engagement. Civic media includes news gathering and reporting, but also includes inputs from activists, online and offline communities and from traditionally marginalized groups. It involves not just narratives but also creating data sets, maps and visualizations that provide insight into civic issues and spur involvement.

Podcast: "Communications Forum: Public Communications in Slow-Moving Crises"

Governments, corporations, and communities plan for sudden crises: the White House drafts strong responsive rhetoric for the next terrorist attack; Toyota runs reassuring national TV spots within hours of a product recall; and 32 Massachusetts towns successfully publicize water distribution sites following a water main rupture.

However, like the housing collapse or the recent Gulf oil spill, some crises are complex, difficult to warn of, and don't cleanly fit traditional media frames. They are slow moving, and the media still struggles to rhetorically or technologically cover these simmering, rather than boiling, dramas.

With government regulators weak, corporations still focused on the bottom line, and communities adapting to structural change, this Communications Forum asks: What new media tools and strategies can be used to help everyone better prepare for the unique communications challenges of slow-moving crises?

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