banking and finance
internet of things
point of care
neural interfacing and control
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Major political campaigns and nonprofit organizations use bespoke systems to organize, inform, and solicit members. These top-down system...
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Looking beyond smart cities
The MIT Media Lab is setting out to reimagine the tired old monthly enterprise with a “period hackathon."
Joi Ito calls for responsible stewardship of the commons beyond our planet.
The Disobedience Award recognizes individuals and groups who engage in ethical, nonviolent acts of disobedience in service of society.
Collective Learning head César Hidalgo talks to Innovation Hub about cultural knowledge, and how our collective memories form and fade.
Richie Mehta’s show balances negative media narratives of the Indian police & catalyses empathetic conversations on their working conditions
Creating technology for social change
We use high-resolution geospatial data collected from mobile phones to measure social segregation at an unprecedented resolution in citie...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Collective memory and attention are sustained by two channels: oral communication (communicative memory) and the physical recording of in...
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
LinkedOut aims to define and build solutions to facilitate societal reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.In collaboration with t...
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Mekatilili is a learning initiative that provides a platform for African youth to enhance technical skills through creative learning...
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
Communicating a message through entertainment can be difficult, because you have to be careful not to preach to the audience.
Communication technologies, from printing to social media, affect our historical records by changing the way ideas are spread and recorde...
LeakyPhones is a public/private headset that was designed to encourage face-to-face interactions, curiosity, and healthier ...
Jara-Figueroa C, Yu AZ, Hidalgo CA (2019) How the medium shapes the message: Printing and the rise of the arts and sciences. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0205771. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205771
The Tangible Media group is researching human interaction with the gadgets and gizmos around us.
Rubez Chong writes about the Center for Civic Media’s work with the City of Boston’s Office of Returning Citizens.
"We must provide a mechanism for civil society to be informed and engaged in the way in which algorithms are used."
César Hidalgo considers the role technology plays in how people and events enter, and fade from, collective memory.
We’re in a modern Cambrian era, sorting through an explosion of technologies enabled by the Internet.
To better understand and improve the quality of our lives, there has been a need for measuring non-economic capital such as social capita...
T. Nishikata, T. Hardjono and A. Pentland, Social Capital Accounting, October 2018.