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Dino Sossi Discusses the Immigrant Experience Through Film [AUDIO]

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In this talk Dino Sossi — Berkman Fellow, multimedia producer, and Doctoral Candidate in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University — presents excerpts from his new documentary film “Home.” “Home” focuses on the tension between a younger generation’s need for self-discovery and an older generation’s wish to move on. Shot throughout Europe and North America, “Home” explores issues of personal identity, memory and collective grief.

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Ivan Sigal on Caring for Audiences: Building Communities, Design, and Social Movements [AUDIO]

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The world is now saturated with media content, and attention is scarce almost everywhere. The fact of saturation and the ease of production does not mean equitable access to attention, even for important and worthwhile content. What we call the caring problem for audiences is not a determined fact, but also of building communities, language choices, design, and social media tactics.

In this talk Ivan Sigal — photographer, Berkman Fellow, and Executive Director of Global Voices — explores the effects of citizen media and social movements, within the lens of Global Voices coverage and activism, with an eye toward developing future editorial practices.

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Leah Plunkett, Alicia Solow-Niederman, & Urs Gasser on K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014 [AUDIO]

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Cloud-based ed tech facilitates educational innovation — such as new connected learning frameworks — but also poses privacy challenges as more and more potentially sensitive data about students goes into the cloud.

In this talk the Student Privacy Initiative team presents recommendations from their recent report, Framing the Law & Policy Picture: A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014, to guide policy and decision-makers at the school district, local, state, and federal government levels as they consider cloud-based ed tech.

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Dalia Othman on Post Arab Revolutions: What Social Media is Telling Us [AUDIO]

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It is undeniable that social media played a role in recent revolutions across the Arab world. But it is harder to identify the relationships between different actors on and off social media, and the flow of information about the revolutions.

In this talk Dalia Othman — Berkman Fellow and Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Center for Civic Media — discusses the initial findings of ongoing research being conducted on the Arab Blogosphere and Twitter maps from various countries in the region.

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Book Talk: Judith Donath on The Social Machine [AUDIO]

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Online, interface designs fashion people’s appearance, shape their communication and influence their behavior. Can we see another’s face or do we know each other only by name? Do our words disappear forever once they leave the screen or are they permanently archived, amassing a history of our views and reactions? Are we aware of how public or private our surroundings are?

In this talk Judith Donath — Berkman Faculty Fellow and former director of the MIT Media Lab’s Sociable Media Group — discusses some of these questions and more from her new book “The Social Machine.”

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Lauren McCarthy: You, Me, and My Computer [AUDIO]

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Can we use technology to help us be more human? To smile more, to touch and to listen to each other? What if a computer could understand and make decisions about our social relationships better than we could ourselves? Would our interactions be improved by computationally determining what to do and say? What happens if we crowdsource our dating lives and actually find love?

In this talk Lauren McCarthy — artist, programmer, and adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU ITP — attempts to understand these questions through an artistic practice involving hacking, design, and self-experimentation.

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Malavika Jayaram: Does Size Matter? A Tale of Performing Welfare, Producing Bodies, and Faking Identity [AUDIO]

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India’s identity project is the the world’s largest biometric database — currently consisting of almost 600 million enrolled. By locating this techno-utopian vision within the larger surveillance state that a unique identifier facilitates, Malavika Jayaram — lawyer, Berkman Fellow, and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore — describes the ‘welfare industrial complex’ that imagines the poor as the next emerging market. She highlights the risks of the body as password, of implementing e-governance in a legal vacuum, and of digitization reinforcing existing inequalities. By offering a perspective that is somewhat different from the traditional western focus of privacy, she hopes to generate a more inclusive discourse about what it means to be autonomous and empowered in the face of paternalistic development projects.

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Hasit Shah on Cheap Smartphones, Digital News, & the World’s Biggest Election [AUDIO]

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More than a sixth of Indians have access to the Internet, leaving a billion people behind. But smartphones are getting cheaper and mobile internet connections are becoming more easily available. The new Internet users will demand content that won’t be in English, that doesn’t necessarily demand high levels of literacy and works well on basic devices with erratic connections.

In this talk Hasit Shah — Nieman-Berkman Fellow at Harvard and Senior Producer for BBC News in London — discusses India’s first proper “digital” election, and how Internet-based campaigning is making this one to watch.

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RB213: The Public Spectrum

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Most of the spectrum of frequency that exists in the US is occupied or owned by large wireless corporations, cable companies, by the government. But at least one small chunk of spectrum — “low-band spectrum” wireless, or TV white spaces (so-called because it is the space between the television dials) — has been somewhat open to the public.

There are thousands of devices on the market that take advantage of this spectrum without paying a license fee, allowing consumers to transmit bits without interference from walls, trees, or radiation from devices like microwaves.

But the Federal Communications Commission is now deciding whether to auction off this spectrum to the highest bidder, putting at risk not only billions of dollars in economic activity, but also very fundamental concepts of affordable public access to information spaces. And on May 15th, just a couple days away from this podcast, the FCC will be holding an open meeting to discuss whether auctioning off this spectrum would be a good idea.

Harold Feld, senior vice president for Public Knowledge, recently sat down with David Weinberger to talk about why we should be concerned about auctioning off this spectrum.

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Sara Watson on Living with Data: Stories that Make Data More Personal [AUDIO]

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We are becoming data. Between our mobile phones, browser history, wearable sensors, and connected devices in our homes, there’s more data about us than ever before. So how are we learning to live with all this data?

Inspired by her ethnographic interview work with members of the quantified self community, Berkman fellow Sara M. Watson discusses these larger systemic shifts through personal narratives that reveal how we find clues, investigate, and reverse engineer what’s going on with our data.

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