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Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Javascript Developer for Live Streaming Site

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MIT’s Center for Civic Media is developing a new platform to add contextual information to live streaming video and search across multiple live streaming services, allowing viewers to more deeply engage with live streams. The site is built on Meteor.js and we currently have an early beta version deployed at www.deepstream.tv. We are looking to contract with a Boston-area developer who wants to play an active role in continuing the development of features and refining the UI.

This position is part-time (between 15 and 25 hours a week) for 3-5 months. This period will include providing support for early users and integrating user feedback. It will also include an onboarding period for knowledge transfer from the current developer. We would like to hire by mid-February 2016. Ideally you would be open to the idea of joining the project on a longer-term basis if we are able to secure additional funding.

A New Starting Point for Understanding Online Harassment

If you're a platform designer or a researcher just starting to look into the issue of online harassment, where is a good place to start? To help you out, we have created an Online Harassment Resource Guide, which covers academic research on the topic.

In the months after I led the research team on a peer reviewed report about harassment on Twitter, many designers, platform operators, and advocates have asked me if there's any academic research about online harassment and what it says. As a researcher, I felt the opposite problem. Online harassment and abuse have motivated so much research that it can be hard to wade through it all, especially because the research often appears in fields that rarely talk to each other. In many cases, designers and advocates propose great ideas that have also been tried elsewhere, approaches whose benefits and problems have already been discussed at length.

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