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Crowdsource Symphony

To engage residents with the Crowdsource Symphony Initiative - a symphonic portrait of Detroit composed by Tod Machover, produced through contributions and collaborations with the citizens of Detroit, and performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Inside|Out Akron

To support the launch of Inside|Out - an audience engagement initiative that brings ornately framed high-quality reproductions of works from the collection of the Akron Art Museum into neighborhoods throughout Summit County.

Design Guidelines for Robust Engagement

To support the initial phase of development of Design Guidelines for Robust Engagement, a clear and accessible set of evidence-based guidelines that promote effective strategies for increasing civic engagement via design.


To support the pilot phase of Passenger Center (PASSENGER), a proposed residency for emerging creative practitioners in Detroit's Capitol Park district, where they can share their work with expanded audiences, markets, and provide a proof of concept for the PASSENGER live/work/create concept.

Public forums on secrecy

To support a series of public forums examining government secrecy and threats to privacy and the role of media in challenging government on those issues.

The Idea Center @ MDC

To support The Idea Center, which will provide Miami Dade College's large and uniquely diverse student body with the space and resources to connect, collaborate, build and develop their entrepreneurial ideas, thereby helping Miami to harness and retain more of its locally produced talent.

PPF will develop digital tools for media publishers that enables visitors to their websites to ask questions, push for public responses, and share answers. These tools will allow visitors to stay on the media websites, but publish questions through to the platform for further reach. PPF will conduct user research on types of questions that online public seeks to ask and have answered.


Colloq is a tool for creating contextual archives of online practices such as social media interactions, due to the difficulties involved in archiving them. Rather than treating them as static objects to be crawled, or big data sets, Colloq treats conversations as highly specific events, understood in context. It offers users a tool to archive behaviors for later micro-level research and citation.


To promote journalistic excellence by prototyping Comment IQ, a tool to help newsroom moderators surface interesting or constructive comments.

Connections: Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding via a mobile game

With Connections, MuckRock will be a mobile app and task management server that helps distribute large scale distributed investigative projects, helping not only tackle the editorial problems big data presents but also helping involve a more diverse, more mobile, and increasingly connected audience into newsgathering.

Digital Security Training Co-Pilot

The Digital Co-Pilot will be a prototype of an easy to use, small form-factor, open source tool that will allow a digital security trainer to simulate a variety of hostile digital environments, such as a censoring firewall or a surveilling ISP, in one click.

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