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What We Learned From Build Peace 2014

Last month at the Media Lab, Helena, Jen, Michaela and I organized Build Peace, a conference to bring together practitioners from the worlds of peacebuilding and technology to talk about how the two fields could work together. It was an incredibly enlightening and generative three days, and before the first conference had even finished, we had already decided that there needed to be a Build Peace 2015. If you missed it, you can catch up by reading Helena's lookback. We’re excited by the community that is starting to form around the technology for peacebuilding conversation and the many potential spin-off projects that are emerging. We were incredibly lucky to have such a diverse and talented array of participants and collaborators.

Voices from Hyperpublic: 12 short video interviews with participants of the symposium.

Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Hyperpublic symposium hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and assumed the challenge, together with other interns at the Youth and Media (YAM) Lab, of documenting the event with different media such as photographs, videos, mind maps, and tweets. The symposium helped us to understand in a more complex way, how privacy and public space are being re-designed in our digital networked society. The diversity of voices and points of view demonstrated that the rapid changes we are experimenting as society are better understood when we create a dialogue between different disciplines and bring together different perspectives. It is precisely that variety of points of view what we tried to capture when we were documenting the symposium.


National Conference for Media Reform early-bird pricing

The Center for Future Civic Media is a proud member of the local host committee for the National Conference for Media Reform (April 8-10, here in Boston).

As such, we want to encourage everyone to take advantage of early registration pricing, which ends Friday ($125 vs. $175 afterward).

Here's why you should: A long list of amazing people will be there. They range from experts on Internet law to a Tony Award-winning playwright, and from a Nobel laureate to organizers working on the front lines of the media reform movement.

Here are just a few of the amazing people who will be joining us in Boston:

FNCM conference plenary videos now available

Please to enjoy the visual fruits of last week's Future of News and Civic Media conference plenaries. Below--available for viewing, downloading, and reusing--are the three plenary videos...

Announcement of the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners

Available for download at MIT TechTV.

Knight Foundation awards $5000 to best created-on-the-spot projects

One of the little gems that the Knight Foundation introduced at the Future of News and Civic Media conference last week was to award five grand to the best collaborative projects created at the conference. We thought it might be a tall order, what with everything else the attendees were doing, but boy did they ever respond.

Attendees pitched 19 brand-new projects, and three of them--TweetBill, Hacks and Hackers, and the WordPress Distributed Translation Plugin--won cold hard cash to develop the ideas further. And the creators can thank their fellow attendees, because everyone used Mako Hill's preferential voting tool Selectricity to vote on the spot.

About the winning projects...

Videos from the Knight Conference

Video clips from The Future of Civic Media, our first annual conference held last month at MIT, are now available:

June 11th, Part 1

June 11th, Part 2

June 12th, Part 1

June 12th, Part 2

June 12th, Part 3

June 13th

MIT Hosts Conference for Knight Winners

This week, the MIT Center for Future Civic Media is hosting a major three-day conference retreat for our fellow recipients of recent Knight News Challenge grants. The conference, titled “The Future of Civic Media,” is now in full swing. A plethora of cutting-edge projects are being demonstrated — projects being developed by our center here at MIT, and projects under development by other Knight winners from across the globe. A huge amount of cross-pollination and collective brainstorming is happening among the winners, many of whom are meeting in person for the very first time. Links to further information about many of the Knight-funded projects being showcased here at MIT this week are available here and here.