Donald Trump and the coronavirus are all-consuming topics. What will happen to the rest of the world’s issues?
Among other experts, Ethan Zuckerman reminisces about human-curated web directories and the mule-powered web browser.
The rise of data privacy breaches and a look into policies that address these challenges
“Data scientists and visualization designers need to take their civic role very seriously in a pandemic,” says the MIT assistant professor.
How Fresh Is Your Feed? Social media promises to show you what's happening right now. We checked. It isn’t.
Artists and designers are working to address a major problem for marginalized communities in the data economy.
Ethan Zuckerman and other experts contextualize the real risks of the mobile internet.
The 2020 MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP) runs from January 6–January 31.
Joy Buolamwini was honored for her work exposing race and gender bias in commercial artificial intelligence (AI).
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
The Association of Internet Researchers has recognized alum Erhardt Graeff, now an assistant professor of social and computer science at ...
The MIT Media Lab is setting out to reimagine the tired old monthly enterprise with a “period hackathon."
Civic Media PhD student Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar serves as president of the association.
What are the fundamental questions that need to be answered within the next decade so that humanity and technology can grow side by side?
Fortune Magazine has named Joy Buolamwini to its 2019 list of the World's Greatest Leaders.
Researchers detail a study's results to help determine how successfully newsrooms in five countries covered the shootings in New Zealand.
Public talk outlines ambitious plans to make his nation a hub for technology and innovation.
Instead of doing one "year in review" post, we invited the Lab community to reflect upon 2018 and what's coming up in 2019.
Joy Buolamwini identifies bias in algorithms and develops practices for accountability during design.
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.
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.
J. Nathan Matias and Joy Buolamwini are two of Fast Company's four design heroes.
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."
April 9, 2018
"We have to continue to check our systems, because they can fail in unexpected ways."
Social media often goes very wrong. Making it right requires a vision for how social media can help, not harm, society.
A case study implemented by Inioluwa Raji under the guidance of Joy Buolamwini
A conversation with Ethan Zuckerman, media scholar and inventor of the pop-up ad, on the original sin of advertising and the web’s lost deca
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...
New research out of MIT’s Media Lab is underscoring what other experts have reported or at least suspected before: facial recognition tec...
Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women.
Real-world biases and artificial intelligence
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...
…We may have helped create the AI monster here in the Hub, but it turns out we’re also the ones fighting to keep it on a leash, with a Ju...
Our news is shaped by geographical and cultural proximity, the need for novelty, the frame of our existing narratives and how we value diffe
While Puerto Rico suffers after Hurricane Maria, much of the U.S. media (FiveThirtyEight not excepted) has been occupied with other thing...
With Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple dominating their respective online markets, we plebeians visit fewer sites than we used to ...
“A public social media platform would have the civic mission of providing us a diverse and global view of the world.”
There’s no "silver-bullet technical solution" to the challenges in decentralizing the web.
Civic Media research scientist Rahul Bhargava a discusses tools for learning data literacy.
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...
Algorithms used by the police are better at identifying some racial groups than others. Why is hardly anyone studying this?
I joined the MIT Media Lab six years ago, as the head of the Center for Civic Media. Nathan Matias was one of my first two students (alon...
Susan Crawford in conversation with Center for Civic Media Director Ethan Zuckerman.
Director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian York in conversation with Director for Center for Civic Media Ethan Zuckerman.
Intisar Rabb and Manal Omar in conversation with Center for Civic Media Director Ethan Zuckerman.
"Making media and putting it out in the world is a really powerful way of engaging with social change."