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How do innovations in code affect what you can do as journalists, new media experts, community organizers?

by Christina Xu of MIT's Center for Future Civic Media (http://civic.mit.edu)

How do innovations in code affect what you can do as journalists, new media experts, community organizers?

by Christina Xu of MIT's Center for Future Civic Media (http://civic.mit.edu)

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JTMDetroit: Code

  1. 1. code journalism that matters // detroit, mi // 06.03.10
  2. 2. Everything You Need to Know About Recent Developments in Technology in 3 Slides
  3. 3. Hardware
  4. 4. Hardware
  5. 5. Apple is trying to take over the world
  6. 6. Google Apple is trying to take over the world
  7. 7. Facebook Google Apple is trying to take over the world
  8. 8. Buzzwords
  9. 9. Buzzwords • Semantic Web • Augmented (web 3.0) Reality • HTML5 • RFID • Cloud computing • QR Codes • Hyperlocal • Crowdsource • ...ChatRoulette
  10. 10. Abstraction (n) - Other people are working on it, you do you.
  11. 11. Abstraction (n) - Other people are working on it, you do you.
  12. 12. Reappropriate!
  13. 13. Technology does not have to involve silicon. Innovation does not have to be high-tech.
  14. 14. www.grassrootsmapping.org
  15. 15. www.grassrootsmapping.org
  16. 16. Platforms
  17. 17. Platforms • Services that allow you to easily add content in an organized way • Basic Examples: Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, Flickr, Google Maps • APIs (Application Programming Interface): allow you to share data & infrastructure
  18. 18. http://www.housingmaps.org/
  19. 19. Platforms • Each platform enables a very specific type of conversation and gives it an arena to live in online. • Give people a place to pool their knowledge or stories; amplify their voices • Potential problems: privacy, data ownership, limited scope
  20. 20. http://www.heroreports.org
  21. 21. http://www.sparechangenews.net/peaches
  22. 22. http://www.sparechangenews.net/peaches
  23. 23. http://www.landmanreportcard.com/
  24. 24. http://www.make-them-think.org
  25. 25. Coding for Reuse
  26. 26. Coding for Reuse • Other people have similar problems! • Contribute whatever you build back for other builders • Document which APIs you linked together and how • If your code is original, open-source it. • The “free” in Free/Libre/Open Source (FLOSS) is not “as in beer” but “as in speech”
  27. 27. $$$ for Open-Source
  28. 28. Other Trends • Hardware hacking getting cheaper and easier • Mapping: location-aware data & platforms • Mobile: better penetration than internet in most parts of the world, as well as in poor urban areas in the US
  29. 29. Contact Us! • http://civic.mit.edu • Twitter: @c4fcm • Email: ckx@mit.edu • 20 Ames St., Cambridge, MA 02142

Editor's Notes












  • http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/ if you’re really curious. But really, don’t sweat this stuff! Find a developer, or get creative with what you have the capability to do.





  • http://communication.howstuffworks.com/how-to-leverage-an-api-for-conferencing1.htm
    The first few paragraphs of this gives a more detailed explanation of what an API is and how you can use it.
  • This is http://www.housingmaps.org/ , a Craigslist and Facebook mashup.

  • http://www.heroreports.org
    Help us bring this to your city! (Especially if your city is Detroit!)
  • The pilot for the Homeless Neighbors project can be found at: http://www.sparechangenews.net/peaches
  • http://www.landmanreportcard.com/
    This project is available for use now! If you are living in an area affected by extractive industries, please spread it around (and contact us!)







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