Creating technology for social change

Photographer: White, John H, 1945-

Media and technology are now core parts of civic and political engagement. We believe designing these digital tools and spaces for social change is itself an engaged practice. As a partnership between the MIT Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies at MIT, the Center for Civic Media pursues original scholarship and design work that investigates the tightknit and dynamic relationships between communities, ecologies of media and technology, and the natures of information and power. In particular, we develop research tools and conduct case studies to help us understand media ecosystems, augment civic participation, and foster digital inclusion; and we use design methods informed by social justice to build technologies that amplify the voices of communities often excluded from the public sphere.

Media and technology are now core parts of civic and political engagement. We believe designing these digital tools and spaces for social change is itself an engaged practice. As a partnership between the MIT Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies at MIT, the Center for Civic Media pursues original scholarship and design work that investigates the tightknit and dynamic relationships between communities, ecologies of media and technology, and the natures of information and power. In particular, we develop research tools and conduct case studies to help us understand media ecosystems, augment civic participation, and foster digital inclusion; and we use design methods informed by social justice to build technologies that amplify the voices of communities often excluded from the public sphere.

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