Mayor Menino to Announce Open Access Wireless Network Today

July 31, 2006

The Boston Globe reports today that Mayor Menino will announce a city-wide wi-fi network for Boston.

Hub sets citywide WiFi plan
Nonprofit to install `open access’ hookups

“Boston will tap a nonprofit corporation to blanket the city with ‘open access’ wireless Internet connections, under a plan to be unveiled today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The plan, which envisions raising $16 million to $20 million from local businesses and foundations, is a striking departure from the business models used by other cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, which have turned over responsibility for their wireless data networks to outside companies such as Earthlink Inc. and Google Inc.

By empowering an independent organization to own and operate the city’s WiFi, or wireless fidelity, network, Boston is hoping to keep control of the technology deployment and use it to spur innovation, improve city services, and extend wireless Internet access into low-income neighborhoods across the so-called digital divide. WiFi allows laptops, handheld computers, cellphones, music players, and other devices to connect to the Internet at high speeds via radio waves.”

Read the rest of the article here.


Citizen Journalism “Unconference” August 7, 2006

July 28, 2006

Center for Citizen Media “Unconference”

August 7, 2006
9 am – 4pm
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall

On August 7, Berkman Center fellow and Center for Citizen Media director Dan Gillmor will host a day of discussion on citizen media at Harvard Law School. The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the “unconference” format, where the audience are the experts and there are no formal panels, but rather skilled moderators and session leaders drawing out what we collectively know so we can learn from each other.

Moderators include Steve Garfield, Andrew Lih, Phil Malone, Tom Stites, Lisa Williams, and Ethan Zuckerman.

The gathering will take place at Harvard Law School’s Pound Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing at around 4 p.m. We’ll also plan to have birds-of-a-feather dinners in Cambridge, most likely hosted by several speakers, for those who want to stick around. The cost of the day is $20 at the door, to cover food costs (we’ll provide morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack). Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today!

More information:
To Register:

Pirate Radio USA

July 25, 2006

Check out the US Premiere of the feature documentary, Pirate Radio USA at the Woods Hole Film Festival, on Monday July 31 at 9:00PM at the Old Woods Hole Firehouse.

The film will also be screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 10 at 9:00PM at Cinematheque (at the Columbus Theatre) in Providence.


DJ’s Him and Her, from their live Pirate Radio USA Studio, take you on a rock –n-roll journey inside rogue radio stations across the country to see why Americans defy Federal Law to free the radio airwaves.

On the way see the rise of Big Media, the growth of Citizen Media to encounter it, and witness their showdown over the truth during the 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle.

To view a trailer, go to

News from Save Access

July 25, 2006

Help save public access tv and the internet!

(via MNN)

“The Telecommunications Bill S.2686, aka HR.5252 (which is a companion bill to the COPE Act in the House) passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on June 28th. It is slated to be voted on in the Full Senate Floor in the next few weeks.

It is urgent that you tell your U.S. Senators to protect Public, Educational & Governmental (PEG) Access TV, net neutrality & not allow phone companies to “redline” low-income & rural communities. Tell your friends and family across the country to do the same.

For more info and to email your Senators go to:

PUBLIC ACCESS = TV Made By, For and About Our Communities!
Watch Manhattan Neighborhood Network,…Our TV…streaming live at

Public Access and Citizen Media Producers Working Together

July 23, 2006


A recurring theme I’ve noticed over the past year, has been the growing relationship between public access producers (those who produce for public access television) and citizen media folks (bloggers, podcasters, videobloggers, etc.) who are using media to tell stories about stuff happening in their communities.

At the ACM conference there were many great ideas for connecting access centers to web tools (particularly open source resources) for online production and distribution. The workshops were very successful.

Citizen journalism is on the rise with sites like and many others. There are also some great efforts taking place here in Boston (more on this soon).

How can producers telling stories using public access centers connect with citizen journalism folks? This is beginning to happen independently of one another, but not in a comprehensive way with one another–that could be found, say on a single website that promotes this vision and recognition of the two working together. Perhaps a website like this this already exists?

For example:

  • (1) Community newspaper, (2) public access center offshoot website, or (3) online only website, forms online participatory website, encouraging submissions from residents in the community
  • Website reaches out to public access producers asking for short digital video submissions to increase user experience
  • Website is located on a blog where feedback is encouraged and stories–from both citizen journalists and public access producers–could be rated/voted on.

This is just one idea.

This seems to me to be key. These two worlds are naturally colliding. How can folks share resources and work together in collaborative media making processes to fill the void where traditional media is failing to tell the stories of local communities here in Boston and in other cities?

I’d like to see a website where these two camps–public access producers and citizen journalists–reach out to, and begin to work with, one another, to create a more robust online picture of events happening in local communities to increase civic engagement and participation.

This would also be an excellent opportunity to share resources, skills, and knowledge between the two groups, while hopefully benefiting offline communities at the same time.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston

The 4th Screen

July 23, 2006

From the (via

The4thScreen: a global fest of art & innovation for mobile phones focuses on the emerging cultural, technological and social phenomenon of mobile phones.

“We are at the moment when everybody, from the media moguls to Vietnamese peasants – artists, hackers, activists, businesses and governments are trying to grasp the impact, the power, of this new phenomenon…. trying to claim a part of it. There is still a lot of space for great ideas, to fulfill dreams and real needs. I hope the Festival will serve as a catalyst and influence this process… “

Tamas Banovich, festival director

Connecting over 2 billion users, more than twice as many as the Internet, covering every country of the world, the mobile network is bridging the digital divide.

With the mobile phone, the power is in your hands. From concept to creation you can share your visions, impact your world and reach millions.

Artists, designers, technologists, and all creative thinkers are invited to submit their creations, inventions and revolutionary ideas in one of two categories:

1/ Moving images – including videos, animations, and games made specifically for mobile delivery.
2/ Wise technologies – including SMS based projects, sound, software art, software and hardware projects proposing new or extended use of mobile devices.

The4thScreen is a platform where you can influence the future of this new medium, exchange your ideas over the boundaries of your culture and participate in the global village.

What will you bring to The4thScreen ?”

Visit the site.

Jay Dedman at ACM Boston 2006

July 22, 2006

Watch the video

A video excerpt of Jay Dedman, Node 101/, presenting at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Boston, July 8, 2006.

From the conference website:

Digital Content Distribution for the Producer

“From MPEG to Mp3, producers of media content have more distribution opportunities today than ever before. The proliferation of inexpensive media making tools is providing the opportunity for more people to become media makers, yet meaningful media creation still requires skilled training and distribution. Learn how PEG centers can foster the development of this new generation of producers by providing training as well as guidance in the various alternative methods of distribution while maintaining true to their mission.”

Jay Dedman, Node 101/

Ann Theis, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Aaron Valdez, Public Access Television Iowa City

Shawn Van Every, Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU

Jacob Redding, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

To download and listen to the complete audio podcast from this session, visit the ACMEBoston Podcast and subscribe to the RSS feed.

This video was originally shared on by acmeboston with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.