The Future of Civic Engagement in a Broadband-Enabled World | MIT Center for Civic Media

Monday, March 1, 2010 -
4:00pm to 6:30pm

MIT's Tang Center

A symposium presented by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission. Free and open to the public.

Join thought leaders and public interest advocates working at the nexus of technological innovation and civic engagement as they preview the civic engagement recommendations in the forthcoming National Broadband Plan.

A live stream of the event will be available at


Keynote address: "Civic Engagement in the 21st Century: Data Transparency, Social Media, Public Media, Innovation in Government, and Digital Democracy"
Eugene Huang, Director of Government Performance and Civic Engagement for the National Broadband Plan, will kick off the Symposium with a speech framing the narrative for civic engagement in the 21st century. He will address topics including data transparency, social media, public media, innovation in government, and digital democracy.

The Future of Government/Citizen Engagement
From the Mayor of Newark's tweets to the President's online town halls, technology has already changed how the public engages with their government. In a world of ubiquitous broadband, this interaction can radically change how government operates and develops policy. This panel will explore how broadband can transform government/citizen engagement.

Moderator: Jerry Mechling, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


  • Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, MIT Center for Future Civic Media
  • Nick Grossman, The Open Planning Project
  • Laurel Ruma, O'Reilly Media
  • John Wonderlich, The Sunlight Foundation

The Future of Digital Public Media
Public media has always played a critical role in our democracy, informing citizens, leading our public conversation, and fostering civic engagement. However, broadband presents an historic opportunity for public media to reach even greater heights. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities for the 21st century digital public media ecosystem.

Moderator: Jake Shapiro, Public Radio Exchange


  • Robert Bole, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Sue Schardt, The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
  • Marita Rivero, WGBH-Boston
  • Kinsey Wilson, National Public Radio

Closing Remarks
Damian Thorman, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation