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Terra Incognita: Seeking Journalists and Civic Actors to Pilot our News Game

Calling all journalists, news innovators and civic actors! Terra Incognita is a news geography game and news recommendation system. Help us test Terra Incognita in its alpha stages.

At the Center for Civic Media we are conducting research around ways to engage people in news about diverse global geographies. Just as our habits in physical space show that we tend to follow the same spatial pathways on our commutes between work and home, we also form habits around reading and experiencing information. Typical recommendation systems try to match you based on criteria of similarity - i.e. with things that you already know and know you will like. But how can we stage encounters with more diverse information, cultures and people? How can we subtly disrupt our habits in the service of serendipity? Sometimes all you need is a fun reason to vary your everyday routine.

Big Data, News and Geography: Research Update

The New York Times
Image: One month of the world according to the New York Times

At the Center for Civic Media we do a lot of demos for the Media Lab in which we synthesize our work for visitors, sponsors and classes. Recently in our demos we talk about the three big three questions that our work in quantitative media analysis addresses: The What, Where and Who of Attention. We are interested in what topics are being discussed by mainstream media sources as well as social and participatory media. We are interested in where, geographically speaking, gets more (or less) attention and how media influences space and place. And we are interested in who gets to speak in the complicated new media ecosystem.

For What we have work like Attention Plotter by Erhardt Graeff (part of the Controversy Mapper project) that seeks to map how a local news story like the Trayvon Martin case becomes a full-blown media firestorm. Nathan Matias has been working on Who by analyzing the gender breakdown of internet media and by creating personal media interventions like Follow Bias. And as for Where - well, that's what this blog post is about.

Annette Kim and the Sidewalk Laboratory

This talk kicks off our Civic Lunch Speaker Series for Fall 2013. Live blogging contributed by Catherine D'Ignazio, Erhardt Graeff, Becky Hurwitz, and Rahul Barghava.

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