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Collaboration contest, at the Future of News and Civic Media conference

From the Future of News and Civic Media Conference, June 17-19 2009, co-hosted by MIT's Center for Future Civic Media and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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.

Katrin Verclas speaks on mobile technologies for social impact

This talk was filmed as part of Chris Csikszentmihalyi's "Call for Action!" class during MIT's independent activities period, winter 2009. The class studied and built mobile tools for community organization.


Video: C4FCM Lecture Series: The Future of Investigative Journalism, with Rich Tofel of ProPublica

How this experiment in non-profit investigative journalism is working, and whether it signals a new model for news. Funded by a rich couple from California, ProPublica aims to replace the investigative heft that is leaving the media landscape as newspapers depart.

Video: C4FCM Lecture Series: Sam Gregory of Witness

Witness uses DIY video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.

Video: The Future of Radio with Bill Siemering, Sue Schardt, and Henry Holtzman

How is radio evolving in the new media landscape, and where and why is it important? What are some of the innovations that are reshaping radio programming and usage? What were the best projects to win grants under the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s $400,000 call for innovative public radio production?

View this C4FCM Lecture Series event on the Future of Radio, with Bill Siemering, the creator of All Things Considered on NPR; Sue Schardt, Association of Independents in Radio; Henry Holzman of the Media Lab; and other radio luminaries.

Improving the interface to disabled YouTube videos

One seldom discussed effect of Warner Music Group's locust-like raid on the YouTube community is the loss of video metadata. When access to a video is disabled for reasons of alleged copyright infringement, users see a page like this:

Typical message for a disabled YouTube video

The video is not the only thing lost, however. Along with access to the video, YouTube disables access to all accompanying information: the title, tags, description, comments, related videos, response videos, ratings, and number of views. While S.512(c)(1) of the DMCA certainly compels the wise service provider to disable the allegedly infringing video, they could do so without ripping a node out of the network like a bandage from a hairy knee!

Imagine instead that the pages for disabled videos were rendered like this mockup: