Category Archives: MIT Civic Media

Natural Disasters and Environmental Events

This post was collaboratively written by Liz Barry, Greg Bloom, Willow Brugh, and Tamara Shapiro. It was translated by Mariel García (thank you). Español debajo. Every year, communities are affected by “extreme environmental events.” These might include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or floods. There are, of course, official response agencies with mandates to rescue, feed, heal, and rebuild; however, the true first responders are always people who live in the affected regions — neighbors and community leaders. […]

Youth and Privacy in the Americas: a blog post series

How do allies who work with youth, in informal learning contexts in the Americas, promote critical thinking on privacy? Before I came to MIT, I worked for five years as a technological capacity builder in nonprofit organizations in Latin America. Through this work, I encountered strong tensions between the missions, visions, and methods of organizations that work on youth and child issues, versus those that work on digital rights. Youth and child rights organizations seemed […]

Social Media Helplines for Positive and Safe School Communities – icanhelpline

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Anne Collier by iCanHelpline.org (run by The Net Safety Collaborative) What: A social media helpline for schools Mission/vision: To help U.S. schools and districts reduce cyberbullying and grow student […]

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Codesign with Youth in Argentina – Faro Digital

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Ezequiel Passeron from Faro Digital What: Workshops, talks and campaigns Mission/vision: To promote, through co-design, the responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for a more just society […]

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Launching the Data Culture Project

Learning to work with data is like learning a new language — immersing yourself in the culture is the best way to do it. For some individuals, this means jumping into tools like Excel, Tableau, programming, or R Studio. But what does this mean for a group of people that work together? We often talk about data literacy as if it’s an individual capacity, but what about data literacy for a community? How does an organization learn […]

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Youth and privacy research in Chile: Derechos Digitales

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Patricio Velasco from Derechos Digitales What: Litigation, campaigning, research Mission/vision: To defend, promote and develop human rights online, through advocacy in public policy and private practices, for a more […]

Youth-friendly data protection in Mexico: Articulo 12, A.C.

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Cédric Laurant from Artículo 12, A.C. What: Litigation, advocacy, materials for youth Mission/vision: To defend Mexican users’ privacy on and offline through litigation Where: Mexico Since: 2013 (but the […]

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Youth and Gender Lens in Countersurveillance Work in Paraguay: TEDIC

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Eduardo Carrillo from TEDIC What: Web development, campaigns, workshops, research Mission/vision: To promote the respect of digital rights and free/open culture Where: Paraguay Since: 2012 Years of operation (as […]

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A tabletop game on privacy in Costa Rica: Sula Batsu

How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Vivian Zúñiga from Sulá Batsú What: Litigation, campaigning, research Mission/vision: To promote local development through solidary social economic practices in different fields, including information and communication technologies Where: Costa […]

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The Four Horsemen of the Free Speech Apocalypse: Emerging Conceptual Challenges for Civil Libertarians

Last April, I blogged about a talk on trigger warnings I gave as a representative of the Board of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), a nonprofit whose mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. Earlier today, at the request of Executive Director Chris Finan, I presented to the rest of the Board some early thoughts about ascendent challenges and emerging threats to those concerned […]