Monroy-Hernandez: “The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare”

Wed. Nov 28, 2012
EEB 403
12:00pm — 1:20pm

In this pre­sen­ta­tion Monroy-Hernandez will describe the infor­ma­tion shar­ing prac­tices
of peo­ple liv­ing amid urban narco-violence. Monroy-Hernandez will out­line the vol­ume
and fre­quency of microblog­ging activ­ity from four cities afflicted by
the Mex­i­can Drug War, show­ing how cit­i­zens use social media to alert
one another and to com­ment on the vio­lence that plagues their
com­mu­ni­ties. Then he will explain the emer­gence of civic media
“cura­tors,” indi­vid­u­als who act as “war cor­re­spon­dents” by aggre­gat­ing
and dis­sem­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion to large num­bers of peo­ple on social
media. He will con­clude by sketch­ing out the impli­ca­tions of our
obser­va­tions for the design of civic media sys­tems in wartime.

Bio:
Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher at Microsoft Research and an
Affil­i­ate at Har­vard University’s Berk­man Cen­ter for Inter­net &
Soci­ety. His research focuses on the design and study of social
com­put­ing sys­tems that sup­port cre­ative expres­sion and civic
engage­ment. His work has been fea­tured in the New York Times, CNN,
Wired, and has received awards from Ars Elec­tron­ica, and the MacArthur
Dig­i­tal Media and Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. He holds a PhD from the MIT
Media Lab and a BS in Com­puter Sci­ence from Tec de Mon­ter­rey in
Mexico.

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