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Creating technology for social change
Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media Ethan Zuckerman talks about activism, technology and the future of the digital ecosystem.
News organizations these days are spending a lot of time and energy making sure that data plays a central role in their newsrooms. But fe...
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
The CivilServant project supports online communities to run their own experiments on the effects of moderation practices on antisocial be...
Mission Wildlife is a research collaboration between San Diego Zoo Global and the MIT Center for Civic Media to explore the pot...
Transforming data into knowledge
A platform for users to dynamically generate unique atlases of publicly available data based on their movement in the city.
To gain insights into how digital technologies can make local governments more responsive and deepen citizen engagement, we are studying ...
Graeff, Erhardt, Stempeck, Matt, & Zuckerman, Ethan. 2014 ‘The Battle for “Trayvon Martin”: Mapping a Media Controversy Online and Off-line.’ First Monday, 19, no. 2.
Graeff, Erhardt. 2015. ‘Binders Full of Election Memes: Participatory Culture Invades the 2012 U.S. Election.’ Civic Media Project.
Graeff, Erhardt. 2016. ‘Strike Debt and the Rolling Jubilee—Building a Debt Resistance Movement.’ In Gordon, E. & Mihailidis, P., eds., Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 137–146.
Graeff, Erhardt. 2016. ‘Youth Digital Activism.’ In Youth Civic Engagement: United Nations World Youth Report. New York, NY: United Nations, pp. 95–107.
The news is probably one of the first things people check in the morning, but how much does what you know and understand about the world ...
Media Cloud is a platform for studying media ecosystems—the relationships between professional and citizen media, between online and offl...
Since the killing of Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter movement has organized on social media to draw attention to the deaths of unar...
Open Gender Tracker is a suite of open-source tools and APIs that make it easy for newsrooms and media monitors to collect metrics and ga...
The Passing On project uses data from 20 years of New York Times stories about society's heroes, leaders, and visionaries to "reader-sour...
Action Path is a mobile app to help people learn about and engage with issues in their community. The app uses push notifications tied to...
Citizens and journalists are increasingly choosing to live stream civic events. But live streams are currently hard to find and lack in-d...
Everyone in the city is an expert on their own experience of that city. So how might we integrate new forms of citizen input into the pla...
Every country has a brand, negative or positive, and that brand is mediated in part by its global press coverage. We are measuring and ra...