“Move over Batman and Spidey, Gotham has a new hero: average New Yorkers whose random acts of civic courage are being logged on a new Web site called Hero Reports.”
Junot Díaz has long been a supporter of CMS, and we are all justly proud of the extraordinary critical response to the novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
Benjamin Mako Hill from the MIT Center for Future Civic Media presented on the ways that errors in everyday technology can present opportunities for encouraging the right kind of thinking.
The current generation of young citizens is growing up in an age of unprecedented access to information. Will this change their understanding of democracy? What factors will shape their involvement in the political process?
Owing to her early involvement, few were surprised to learn that Ellen Hume would be spearheading the center and articulating its vision.
In May 2007, MIT had emerged as the top winner in the first Knight News Challenge, with CMS and the Media Lab together receiving $5 million to fund a Center for Future Civic Media.
For a growing generation of activists and researchers, games may also represent a resource for engaging young people with the political process.