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Department of Play Asks: Can Technology Improve the Lives of Youth?

On August 10th and 11th, 2010, the Department of Play (DoP) hosted its first Summer Institute, a workshop for practitioners and researchers, all with one thing in common: a commitment to improving the lives of youth through technology. The purpose of the Summer Institute was to bring together people from across the globe that were pursuing similar work, but had not necessarily connected with one another yet. Attendees were asked to rethink the role of technology in youth participation, social inclusion and local civic engagement, and in the process form meaningful partnerships for future projects.

This Week in Civic Media 08.27.10: Re-Imagining Gaza, Hacks/Hackers, Judging the News Challenge

From the Center

  • Our Nitin Sawhney's "Re-imagining Gaza" project hits MIT's "Slice of MIT" blog


  • Keep your ears open: we're trying to bring a Hacks/Hackers event to MIT this fall. More details next week likely...
  • Hacks/Hackers meetup hits Chicago, Sept. 15. Sign up today via @michelemclellan

Future of News

  • "Knight News Challenge: Dissertation probes contest’s impact"
  • @knightfdn: New Knight Initiative Funds Ideas That Use Technology to Inspire Community Action

Katrina Anniversary: ProPublica and Frontline on Shooting Looters

  • @ProPublica: Breaking: After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters

Mosque Controversy

This Week in Civic Media 08.20.10: SXSW, more open bus data, and "Add more crowd!"

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From Our News Challenge Friends


  • Great run-down of copyright law/licensing: "Who Owns Your E-Book of 'War and Peace'? Probably Not You"

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Re-imagining Gaza: Youth Video Evaluation and Community Screenings

With the end of our youth media program in Jabaliya refugee camp last week, we conducted evaluations and screenings of the films with the families and local community, along with a photography exhibition and large public screening hosted at the Mat’haf (Gaza Museum) from August 1 - 13, 2010.

The workshop evaluations were conducted in focus groups through follow-up questionnaires and group discussions, as well as video-based interviews conducted by youth among themselves. See a brief excerpt of evaluation interviews edited by youth in the 4-min video below.

This Week in Civic Media 08.06.10: Department of Play Summer Institute, new "Data Into Action" blog, CoLab Radio

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