Civic Engagement

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By Ethan Zuckerman 11/29/2012 - 1:35pm Comments
A great deal of our conversation lately has focused on getting governments to open up their data and to share what they know with the general public. We are beginning to see a larger trend emerge -– much of the thinking of the power of...
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By Howard Rheingold 01/29/2013 - 7:05pm Comments
Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ) will deliver the keynote at this year's Digital Media & Learning Conference, "Democratic Futures," March 14-16 in Chicago, and we asked Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold) to vlog with Zuckerman, director of the Center...
DML Conference 2013: Democratic Futures (Ethan Zuckerman, Keynote)  Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 02/25/2013 - 8:00am Comments
In late January, Austin Oberbillig and Evan Ricks, students at Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington made a video called “Lunch Scholars." The video was meant to be a high school version of “Jaywalking," a sketch Jay Leno has done for...
 Is Civics In Crisis? Or Just Changing Its Shape? Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 03/28/2013 - 3:15pm Comments
Two weeks ago, I gave the opening keynote at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. The conference, which explores how digital media is and could be changing education and learning, focused on the theme of “Democratic...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 08/22/2013 - 9:10am Comments
With Rewire out in the world, I’ve had some time this August to think about some of the big questions behind our work at Center for Civic Media, specifically the questions I started to bring up at this year’s Digital Media and Learning...
The “New Civics" and the “Born Digital” Generation Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 03/18/2011 - 7:25am Comments
Times of crisis are times of change and provide an opportunity to imagine alternative educational futures. Following the UK’s winter of protests about cuts to education budgets and rising tuition fees, students and staff are raising questions...
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By Antero Garcia 11/07/2013 - 12:30pm Comments
I can’t play video games. I forget this simple fact every couple of years and a dark cloud swoops over Casa Garcia and I am enveloped in the feverish button mashing of some complex simulation for a hazy month or two. I have the kind of...
Pollution Challenge! and Civic Learning with Video Games Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph 12/29/2011 - 9:45am Comments
Professor of urban planning, Amy Hillier, recently spoke at TEDxPhilly to talk about how data visualization technology can map a city’s emotions and memories. Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) technology has become more commonplace and...
Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Multitasking, Civic
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By Liz Losh 12/01/2010 - 8:50am Comments
At November’s University of California Institute for Research in the Arts conference, the emphasis was on college courses that couldn’t be planned out according to set syllabi and fixed course objectives, because students were expected to be co...
Student-Created Curriculum: Demanding, Digital, Compelling Blog Image
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By Lyndsay Grant 01/10/2011 - 7:45am Comments
The stereotypical characterization of young people as politically apathetic, interested only in using digital media for socializing and gaming, has been punctured by recent events in the UK. University and high school students took to the...
UK Student Protests: Democratic Participation in the Digital Age Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 06/23/2011 - 1:20pm Comments
As revolution and revolt spreads across the Arab world, Americans often see social networking sites and online video as playing a starring role. Whether it is testimony about police brutality or jubilation in the squares, examples of so-called...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 06/27/2011 - 9:30am Comments
The civic media field is often better defined by example than in abstractions. The field is so nascent and fluid that any comprehensive, conceptual definition will likely miss key aspects of the field. For those of us who believe civic media –...
Four Questions about Civic Media Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/21/2011 - 10:40am Comments
Media activists Marisa Jahn and Julian Rubinstein recently joined us at the Center for Civic Media for our weekly Civic Media Lunch series. Marisa is the new director of the People’s Production House, a New York based project that works with...
Basta! Telling Stories About Occupy Wall Street Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 06/11/2012 - 2:15pm Comments
Several new projects are trying to use cyberspace as a platform to help citizens build an information network and share information about their cities. One effort that has achieved significant traction is, a platform for the...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 04/29/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
I was recently in Senegal at a board meeting for Open Society Foundation, meeting organizations the foundation supports around the continent. Two projects in particular stuck in my mind. One is Y’en a Marre (“Fed Up”), a Senegalese activist...
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By Liz Losh 10/21/2013 - 6:15pm Comments
On a recent visit to Sarai, a Delhi research think tank housed in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, I met a number of female university students who described participating in the mass protests that occurred after a 23-year-old...
Human Rights and Social Media in India: Blank Noise Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/10/2009 - 9:15am Comments
The relationship between digital media and democracy is complicated, because it is difficult for researchers to draw causal connections between adopting new social computing technologies and promoting what Joseph Kahne, Mills College professor...
Digital Media and Democracy: Early Returns Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 12/08/2009 - 2:50pm Comments
As the new year rolls around, like many political science professors, Kareem Crayton is thinking about the possible repercussions of next year’s 2010 census and what he calls the “opening skirmishes” of the partisan fight over “who’s going to...
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By Raquel Recuero 01/11/2010 - 10:30am Comments
Translation of the Tweet: "People with more than one thousand followers: RT (Retweet) is a good way to contribute with #projetoenchentes (flood relief in Brazil)." Access to the Internet as well as social networking sites has been growing...
Online Social Networks and Social Mobilization in Latin America  Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 02/01/2010 - 10:00am Comments
With the first year of the Obama administration officially coming to a close, educators have been thinking about how the president’s online presence could be used for both civic education and media literacy purposes.  Obama came into...
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