The Center for Civic Media

MIT Media Lab

Date Awarded
Grant Period
04/01/11 to 06/30/14
Focus Areas
Journalism, Media Innovation

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  • Cambridge, MA

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To accelerate adoption of community news and information technology through The Center for Civic Media at MIT

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing an additional $3.76 million in MIT’s Center for Civic Media to further its groundbreaking work with new technologies to inform and engage communities.

The center, launched in 2007 with seed funding from Knight, will use the new support to solidify its leadership in the emerging media innovation field and expand its curriculum and outreach programs.

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Project Team

Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists.

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages, publishing editions in twenty languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces.

In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously he helped found, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. He blogs at He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and, as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon.

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