banking and finance
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Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
The RadioTalk corpus includes speech recognition transcripts sampled from talk radio broadcasts in the United States between October of 2...
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Cindy Sherman Bishop developed a new method for image analysis to analyze the spring 2019 abortion legislation and related news coverage.
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
RETOS—an AI-powered web platform to facilitate, enhance, visualize, and predict connections between thousands of challenges posted by rur...
New research published in the International Journal of Communication
Media Cloud is a platform for studying media ecosystems. By tracking millions of stories published online, the system allows researchers ...
Creating technology for social change
Transforming data into knowledge
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Your social media. Your rules.Gobo is an experiment, not a startup. We’re building it to change the conversation on social media and imag...
The Association of Internet Researchers has recognized alum Erhardt Graeff, now an assistant professor of social and computer science at ...
Civic technology should empower us as citizens. But despite its breadth as a field, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Va...
www.ajlunited.orgAn unseen force is rising—helping to determine who is hired, granted a loan, or even how long someone spends in prison. ...
Ethan Zuckerman reflects on a year of research with collaborators to determine how the French media landscape differs from that of the US.
What are the fundamental questions that need to be answered within the next decade so that humanity and technology can grow side by side?
Bias by us envisions a future of media diversity by understanding the bias of today.Our work seeks to understand how the US media ec...
The CivilServant project supports online communities to run their own experiments on the effects of moderation practices on antisocial be...
A tapestry where each pixel represents a pledge by an individual to vote. Anyone can participate and watch the growing and changing image...
Despite recent efforts, current fact-checking organizations cannot keep up with the amount of information that is produced and spread thr...
Many people think their vote doesn't count—that a single vote would not change an election's outcome—and they stay home on Election Day. ...
A.I. systems are shaped by the priorities and prejudices…of the people who design them, a phenomenon that I refer to as "the coded gaze."
Following the 2016 election, the entirety of the nation became conscious of its polarization. According to a study by the National Bureau...
The LEGO Papert Fellowships support three graduate students working at the intersection of creativity, play, learning, and new technology.
Researchers detail a study's results to help determine how successfully newsrooms in five countries covered the shootings in New Zealand.
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
I'm here to answer your questions about the award, my views on disobedience, and, of course, anything else.
Algorithmic auditing has emerged as a key strategy to expose systematic biases embedded in software platforms, yet scholarship on the imp...
The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list includes at least three members of the Media Lab community.
In this episode, we get the chance to talk to Anushka Shah, who works as a researcher at the Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab.
An interactive atlas of census data for direct consumption by individual citizens.
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 ...
Establishing—and rewarding—provenance of stories that start with investigative journalism could shift the field for original reporting.
Joy Buolamwini showed facial-recognition systems consistently giving the wrong gender for famous women of color.
Hiawatha Bray reports on the unrest bubbling up in the tech industry.
J. Nathan Matias and Joy Buolamwini are two of Fast Company's four design heroes.
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Andrew Heyward has a plan for finding and identifying innovation in local TV news.
Social media often goes very wrong. Making it right requires a vision for how social media can help, not harm, society.
Graeff, Erhardt (2018). Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mission Wildlife is a research collaboration between San Diego Zoo Global and the MIT Center for Civic Media to explore the pot...
A case study implemented by Inioluwa Raji under the guidance of Joy Buolamwini
Experts in information science and scholarly communication convene at MIT to set research agenda.
The Gender Shades project pilots an intersectional approach to inclusive product testing for AI.Algorithmic Bias PersistsGender Shades is...
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...
On Collective Debate, users take a test of their morality, then debate an artificial agent regarding a controversial claim: tha...
All people are created equal, but in the eyes of the algorithm, not all faces are just yet.A new study from MIT and Microsoft r...
A new review of face recognition software found that, when identifying gender, the software is most accurate for men with light skin...
Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women.
New research out of MIT’s Media Lab is underscoring what other experts have reported or at least suspected before: facial recognition tec...
Helping readers slow down, ask questions, and find reasoned opposing views may foster civil discourse online
“Welcome to the System! Together we will change the world!”These are the words I found scrawled at the bottom of a web page, right next t...
Shifting the narrative away from the issue being purely a law and order problem
We have Catherine D’Ignazio on the show this week to talk about feminist data visualization. Catherine is Assistant Profes...
Esra’a Al Shafei is the Founder and Director of Majal, a nonprofit that helps build communities and digital platforms that cele...
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...
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.
Since the killing of Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter movement has organized on social media to draw attention to the deaths of unar...