The 2nd When the City Meets the Citizen Workshop (WCMCW) 2013 - Guest Speakers

We are delighted to announce we have lined up a number of exciting guest speakers for the workshop.

Ethan Zuckerman, MIT

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.

Sarah Williams, MIT

Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab Project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab employs data visualization and mapping techniques to expose and communicate urban patterns and policy issues to broader audiences. Sarah's work involves translating data visualizations into policy tools and prototyping technologies for advocacy and research, using survey and census data, GPS information, maps, high- and low-res satellite imagery, analytic graphics, photographs and drawings, along with narratives and qualitative interpretations to produce images. Before coming to MIT Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s. Sarah has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

Eric Gordon, Berkman Center

Eric Gordon studies civic media, location-based media, and serious games. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College where he is the founding director of the Engagement Game Lab, which focuses on the design and research of digital games and social software that foster local civic engagement and enhance urban and democratic life. He is the co-author of Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell Publishing, 2011) and The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities From Kodak to Google (Dartmouth, 2010).


  • Paper submission deadline Extended: March 21, 2013
  • Paper submission deadline: March 18, 2013
  • Paper acceptance notifications: March 26, 2013