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February 2011

Bustling with Information: Cities, Code, and Civics

Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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How can information systems rewrite our understanding of civics, governance, and communication, to solve old problems and create new opportunities in our communities?

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March 2011

Civic Tools: The Latest from the Center for Future Civic Media

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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See open-to-the-public demos of the latest, greatest civic media tools from researchers at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, the leader in cutting-edge community-based technology.

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April 2011

Cultural Resistance

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Man on sidewalk holding sign reading "By Any Media Necessary"

A talk with Steve Kurtz about models and techniques for public interventions and soft subversions aimed at undermining authoritarian tendencies.

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Design for Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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What can designers do to better connect with the communities and individuals they wish to serve? How can design projects avoid patronizing attitudes and economic colonialization? How can a designer be effective in promoting social change while following their conscience?

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May 2011

Civic Disobedience

Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Are changes in the communications environment enabling protest in a way we've not seen before? Is civic disobedience easier, or perhaps more effective?

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September 2011

Protected: Representing Islam

The panelists we've invited have taken on the challenge of representing Islam to American and global audiences, in different contexts - they offer scholarly research on what Islamic scholars believe and argue, to challenge discourse about "Sharia law"; they feature a multiplicity of voices offering different visions of what it is to be Muslim.

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Amplified Streets, from Print to Tweets: Social Movement Media Across Platforms

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Silverman Skyline Room+ Google Map

Jason Pramas and Steve Meacham on how the rapid spread of digital literacies allows participation in movement media making by everyday participants.

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October 2011

Civic Games

Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map
Colleen Macklin

Insights, tools, and practices from gaming are increasingly integrated across different areas of life, leading to talk of the 'gamification' of everything -- including civic media.

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Civic Maps

Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map

Laura Kurgan and Jeff Warren discuss the steps developers, practitioners, and researchers can take to help build the field of civic mapping.

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November 2011

Mapping Media Ecosystems

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map

How do we understand, map, visualize, and ultimately shape the flow of texts across an increasingly diverse and complex media ecosystem?

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Mapping Media Ecosystems

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map
Visualization of interconnected media sources

How do we understand, map, visualize, and ultimately shape the flow of texts across an increasingly diverse and complex media ecosystem?

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Mimi Ito, “Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World”

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map

Mimi Ito, cultural anthropologist, discusses how this once marginalized popular culture came to play a major role in Japan’s identity at home and abroad.

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Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633+ Google Map

By exploring the rich variety of otaku culture from multiple perspectives, Mimi Ito will provide fascinating insights into the present and future of cultural production and distribution in the digital age.

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September 2012

Engaging Your Audience in Co-Creation: The Power of the Crowdsourced Documentary

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633
Jigar Mehta

Jigar Mehta is a documentary filmmaker and a journalist and currently co-creator of the collaborative documentary project, 18 Days in Egypt, about the ongoing Egyptian revolution.

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