Publications and Talks | MIT Center for Civic Media

Publications and Talks

A sampling...

Chelsea Barabas

Panel member on two talks at DML 2014 Conference: Connecting Practices
  • "Balancing Deep and Wide Impacts in the Design of Civic Tech"
  • "Learning Where You Least Expect It: Games that Educate in Non-traditional Settings"

Denise Cheng




  • Forthcoming: Why is Boston ripe for co-working? Morning Edition, WBUR - interviewee as subject matter expert

Sasha Costanza-Chock

  • Costanza-Chock, Sasha, Schweidler, Chris, and the Out for Change: Transformative Media Organizing Project (2015). “Towards Transformative Media Organizing: LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Media Work in the United States.” Strengths & needs assessment by the Ford Foundation’s Advancing LGBT Rights Initiative, Research Action Design, and the MIT Center for Civic Media. New York: Ford Foundation. Available online at
  • With members of the VozMob project. Mobile Voices. Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere (pp. 177-196). Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press. (PDF)
  • “Transmedia Mobilization in the Popular Association of the Oaxacan Peoples, Los Angeles.” In Bert Cammaerts, Alice Mattoni, A. and Patrick McCurdy (Eds), Mediation and Social Movements. London: Intellect.
  • Schweidler, C., Waheed, S., Rey Mazon, P., and Costanza-Chock, S. (2012). “Summary of Findings from the Occupy Research General Demographic and Political Participation Survey (ORGS),” In Khatib, Killjoy, and McGuire (Eds.), We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation. Oakland: AK Press.
  • Mic check! Media cultures and the Occupy movement. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11(3-4), 375-385. (PDF)
  • Youth and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies.” The Role of Youth Organizations and Youth Movements for Social Change: Kinder & Braver World Project Research Series.
  • Costanza-Chock, S. (2011). Digital popular communication: Lessons on information and communication technologies for social change from the immigrant rights movement. National Civic Review, 100(3), 29–35. (PDF)
  • Costanza-Chock, S (with Ernest J. Wilson, III). (2011). "New Voices on the Net? The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion," in Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White (eds.), Race After the Internet. New York and London: Routledge. Draft available at

Rodrigo Davies


  • Keynote speaker: “Community organizing, neighbourhood development and crowdfunding”, Kansas City Community Capital Fund Annual Conference. Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City MO, January 2014. (Video forthcoming)
  • Workshop leader: "Fund Camp, a Crowdfunding Workshop for Non-Profits", public workshop, Bauer Studios, Kansas City, MO. January 2014.
  • Panel Chair: "Collaborative Placemaking", Awesome Foundation Summit. With Jamie Hand, Eric Ho and Archie Coates, Center for Social Innovation. New York City, October 2013.
  • Guest Speaker: “Why We Need Voice,” MIT Alumni Leadership Conference. Cambridge, MA, October 2013
  • Guest Speaker: "Civic Crowdfunding and Community Assets", Library of Congress Digital Preservation Conference 2013. Library of Congress, Washington DC, July 2013.
  • Panelist: "Futures of Crowdfunding", Personal Democracy Forum. With Erin Barnes, Mike Norman and Jordan Raynor. New York City, June 2013.
  • Panelist: "Can Crowdfunding save local government budgets?", SXSW Interactive. With Jordan Raynor, Story Bellows and Eric Engelman. Austin TX, March 2013.

Press and pubs

Catherine D'Ignazio

Artwork Exhibitions & Commissions


  • Interview and artwork featured in a chapter of Unsitely Aesthetics, Errant Bodies Press, 2012.
  • Artwork featured in the exhibition catalog for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Vicious Circular Breathing, Borusan Contemporary, 2014.
  • (2009). Art and cartography. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 190-206). Oxford: Elsevier Science. (PDF available at request)


  • Moderator for a film screening of "Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer". Friday, March 28, 2014, 7PM. MIT Program for Women's & Gender Studies.
  • "Terra Incognita: An Experiment in Cosmopolitanism". Place, (Dis)Place and Citizenship Conference. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. March 22, 2014.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Civic Engagement and Data Visualization". Northeastern Center for the Arts and Information Design and Visualization Lecture Series. Northeastern University. Feb 19, 2014.
  • Guest Lecturer, "Crash Course in Data Visualization". Multimedia Journalism Capstone class, Dept of Journalism, Emerson College. Jan 27, 2014.
  • "Maps, News and Geography". Presentation to the Data Swap 2013 kickoff at Northeastern University. October 13, 2013.
  • Panelist & Moderator, "Location! The Importance of Geo-Data". South by Southwest 2013. Austin, TX. March 12, 2013.

Kevin Driscoll

Florence Gallez

Alex Goncalves

Erhardt Graeff


  • Graeff, Erhardt, Stempeck, Matt, and Zuckerman, Ethan. "The Battle for 'Trayvon Martin': Mapping a Media Ecosystem On- and Offline," forthcoming, First Monday.


  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2014. "Action Path: A Location-Based Tool for Civic Reflection and Engagement." To be presented at Place, (Dis)Place and Citizenship, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Mar 22.
  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2014. TBD. To be presented at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, Boston, MA, Mar 8.
  • Zuckerman, Ethan and Graeff, Erhardt. 2013. "Mapping Media Ecosystems to understand Digital Civics." Presented for the The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, Nov 11.
  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2013. “The Battle for ‘Trayvon Martin’: Mapping a Media Ecosystem.” Presented at Insiders and Outsiders: The 2013 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, Cambridge, MA, Jun 24. Video:
  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2013. “What We Should Do Before the Social Bots Take Over: Online Privacy Protection and the Political Economy of Our Near Future.” Presented at Media in Transition 8: Public Media, Private Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, May 5. Abstract and link to full paper:
  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2013. “Binders Full of Election Memes: Expanding Political Discourse." Presented at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago, IL, Mar 14.
  • Graeff, Erhardt. 2012. Invited panelist for symposium on the future of journalism, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, Jan 29.

Panel Organizer/Chair


Becky Hurwitz

Josh Levinger

Ryan O'Toole

Chris Peterson

User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media.

Ed Platt


  • "Tracking Common YouTube Trends Across Nations." Cooperation Working Group, Harvard Berkman Center, 2/4/2014

Molly Sauter


  • "The Future of Direct Activism in the Digital Age," Panel, SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX. March 7-11, 2014
  • "An Exploration of Civic Fiction: A Gay Girl in Damascus and the Cosmopolitan Romance of the Digital “Bridge Figure," Theorizing the Web, Brooklyn, NY. April 25-26, 2014
  • "The Popularization of Hacker Politics," Panel, ICA, Seattle, WA. May 22-28, 2014
  • “The Digital Street: Disruption and the Dilemma of Civil Disobedience Online,” Ideas Lunch, Information Society Project, Yale Law School (December 2013) (invited talk)
  • “Where is the Digital Street: Disruption, Activism, and Free Speech Online,” Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western University (November 2013) (invited talk)
  • “Kevin Mitnick, the New York Times, and the Media’s Conception of the Hacker,” IAMCR, Dublin (June 2013)
  • “Kevin Mitnick, the New York Times, and the Media’s Conception of the Hacker,” panel presentation, Media In Transition 8, MIT (May 2013)
  • “Closing Plenary: Summing Up, Looking Ahead,” Media In Transition 8, MIT (May 2013)
  • “Hackers, Technopanics, and the Media,” guest lecture, Technopanics, Comparative Media Studies, MIT (April 2013)
  • ““LOIC Will Tear Us Apart”: The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Attacks,” Berkman Center Lunch Talk, Harvard University, (January 2013) (video)
  • (2013). Distributed Denial of Service Actions and the Challenge of Civil Disobedience on the Internet.
  • (2013). “‘LOIC Will Tear Us Apart’: The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Attacks,” American Behavioral Scientist.

Invited Conferences/Conference Committees

  • Innovation and its Contestants (5th Annual Emerging Scholars Conference) (2014): Organizing Commitee, McGill University, Quebec, Canada
  • Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium (2013): Invited Participant, New York, NY
  • Security and Human Behavior (2013): Invited Participant, Los Angeles, CA


  • The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, forthcoming fall 2014, Bloomsbury Academic, New York


  • “‘LOIC Will Tear Us Apart’: The Impact of Tool Design and Media Portrayals in the Success of Activist DDOS Attacks,” American Behavioral Scientist, Volume 57 Issue 7, July 2013, pp. 983 – 1007. DOI: 10.1177/0002764213479370

Other publications

  • “The Future of Civil Disobedience Online,” iO9 (17 June 2013)

Dan Schultz

Ed Schiappa

  • Defining marriage in California: An analysis of public & technical argument. Argumentation & Advocacy, 48(4), 213-227. (PDF)
  • Evolving argument strategies in the debate over same-sex marriage in the U.S. Proceedings of the 4th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation: The Role of Argumentation in Society (pp. 93-100). Tokyo: Japan Debate Association. (PDF)

Matt Stempeck

Jing Wang

Sara Wylie

Ethan Zuckerman