Tag: politics

by Meg Dalton

Citizens are made, not born. Attitudes, skills, information — these are all things we learn in our schools and communities and through our parents, leaders, colleagues, friends, and strangers. In this world of information overload, it can be difficult to break through the noise and reach the public to rekindle the ideals of active citizenship. […] more »

by Miguel Paz

Let’s say you would like to map politicians and their connections, build a semantic database of companies and top executives in a specific industry, or create a visualization of lobbyists and their clients. With Poderopedia’s new Plug & Play Platform, now you can. It’s free and open source. Fork it! After winning the Knight News […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Statistician and political polling analyst Nate Silver recently came to MIT’s Communications Forum at Comparative Media Studies to discuss his career — from student journalist to baseball prognosticator to the creator of FiveThirtyEight.com, one of the world’s most influential political blogs. He was in conversation with Seth Mnookin, a former baseball and political writer who […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

A longer version of this post first appeared on the MIT Civic Media Center blog. Lawrence Lessig sees the American people, enthroned as sovereign of the nation by the U.S. Constitution, as a sleeping giant. It’s OK to sleep; in general, we’d all rather focus on things other than politics. But there are times when […] more »

by Dan Schultz

Last month, I had the privilege of participating in the Mozilla-Knight Learning Lab. This four-week online lecture series pulled together 60 individuals interested in journalism and technology and got them to sit together watching an array of guest lecturers. The end product from each participant was a project proposal. Since it looks like I’m going […] more »

by Gail Robinson

It’s clear that social networks have become a new kind of Holy Grail in the quest to build web traffic. What seems less clear is what all the tweeting, Tumblr-ing and Facebook posting is designed to do — and how to gauge its effectiveness. Gotham Gazette (GG), a small site that cannot afford consultants and […] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

Some say that the last place where true democracy existed were the city-states of Ancient Greece. They had it all: Direct communication between citizens and public officials, complete transparency, minimal corruption. Time passed and the population increased dramatically, which in part meant that public officials fell out of touch with the people who put them […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When we make lists of the kinds of source documents users can upload to DocumentCloud, they can get pretty long. DocumentCloud is court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, lab reports, memos, meeting minutes, correspondence. I can say with absolute confidence that in all of our planning, “ballots” never once came up as the sort of […] more »

by Amy Saunderson-Meyer

Does the dramatic uptake of new media tools such as mobile applications, digital media, blogging, social networking and video activism mean that citizens, citizen groups and service organizations have the power to challenge the state and mobilize political change? This is a question that I’ll be pondering along with my fellow participants at the New […] more »

by Aaditeshwar Seth

I attended an Ashoka conference in New Delhi yesterday on rural innovation and farming. There were so many new things I realized about agriculture’s deep rooted connections with culture, society and the economy that I decided to immediately write about it before the memories fade. Plus. I watched Avatar later in the evening, which was […] more »