Plenary: "Crowdsourcing Crisis: How Civic Media Informs Breaking News" | MIT Center for Civic Media

Friday, June 24, 2011 -
9:00am to 10:30am
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The first half of 2011 has seen dramatic events — some tragic, others encouraging — take place across the globe. From revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia to an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, breaking news has been reported by individual citizens as well as professional journalists. And explaining the complex nuances of unfolding events has shown the power of civic media in informing local communities and the wider world.

In this session, we talk with two individuals who've been part of efforts to share perspectives from civic media with a global audience.

Mohamed Nanabhay, Head of New Media at the AlJazeera Network, helped unpack the North African revolutions using video from Facebook and other online sources.

Joi Ito, the new head of MIT's Media Lab, has worked with a group of civic reporters and citizen scientists in Japan to document the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The two discuss the emerging media environment, where professional and civic media interact to produce a richer and more inclusive picture of global events.