2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

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2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

By MIT Center for Civic Media and the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Date and time

June 22, 2014 · 5pm - June 24, 2014 · 5pm EDT


MIT Media Lab Ames St. and Amherst St. Cambridge, MA 02139


On June 22-24, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT's Center for Civic Media will host the 2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference: "The Open Internet…and Everything After", the leading gathering of media innovators shaping the future of news and information.

This event is by invitation-only.

“The Open Internet…and Everything After”

The Internet, we are often told, has changed everything, from business and government to news and civics. But the Internet itself is changing as well. Revelations about widespread government and corporate surveillance make clear that the Internet is not as anonymous or private as some have hoped and others have feared. The Internet of 2014 has become a part of everyday life—something of a utility like electricity or water—but looks less and less like the open, anarchic, unmonitored public space envisioned by early Internet and civic pioneers. The future direction of the Internet is of central importance for everyone who cares about community problem solving, independent media, and participatory governance because the Internet has become the new public sphere.

The theme for this year's MIT-Knight Civic Media conference is "The Open Internet and Everything After." We will begin our discussions with those working to keep the Internet open to new ideas, technologies, business approaches and communities. But our conversation will quickly broaden to consider ways in which people are using the Internet to engage with one another, their cities, and their governments. At the heart of our discussion is a look at the ways the Internet has and hasn't changed our world, and a careful consideration of the civic stakes in the struggle for internet freedom.

See you in Cambridge this June...

John Bracken
Knight Foundation

Ethan Zuckerman
MIT Center for Civic Media

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