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Introducing Our New Editor: Dorothy Santos

In the past year, The Civic Beat has published some great articles and developed a small but dedicated readership curious about this emerging space of social change memes around the world.  We’ve been thrilled to see some of our recent articles–like a long interview with Vietmeme about Vietnam’s internet, and »

My first trip to SXSW.

Journalism and Citizens: Reflections on Lessons Learned at SXSW

Spending a week in Austin, TX for my first SXSW conference was exciting, but the opportunity to be a panelist discussing social change memes around the world alongside accomplished scholars and researchers was thrilling. Our panel, The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes, was a great success, and a recap »

From left to right: An Xiao Mina, Dorothy Santos and Ben Valentine at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The Honeymoon’s Over: Reflecting on Internet Utopianism and the Arts

A couple weeks ago, Ben Valentine and I had a chance to speak at the Yerba Buena Center’s Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival alongside arts/tech writer and researcher Dorothy Santos.  Our topic was, simply, “The Honeymoon’s Over—Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power”, a look at utopian »

Ben Valentine will be representing The Civic Beat at SXSW!

The Civic Beat Goes to SXSW

I am so pleased to announce that I will be speaking on a panel at SXSW Interactive this coming March on a subject perfect for The Civic Beat: The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes. Tackling this exciting and fun topic with me will be panel organizer, Andres Monroy-Hernandez of »

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New Articles and Talks from The Civic Beat Team

Our core team at The Civic Beat have been busy with public outreach these past few weeks!  Here are a few updates: Ben Valentine moderated a panel on art hacking for #ArtsTechSF at Hub Berkeley, with local artists Kat Parkin and Danielle Siembieda, and The Civic Beat’s An Xiao Mina. The »

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Thank you, TEDGlobal 2013. Let’s move it forward.

I had a terrific week this past week in Edinburgh as a speaker for TEDGlobal 2013. Imagine my surprise a few months ago when TED reached out and asked me to speak on the topic of Chinese internet culture. I was in Uganda at the time and pushed back, saying »