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Games for Civic Engagement—What Do You Really Want?

Image via @angiechuangAt an American University Faculty Forum, new faculty member Benjamin Stokes explained what makes games for civic engagement actually work.

There are plenty of games for civic engagement, he noted, and we’re gradually learning about what works. There’s a “push” or broadcast model for games like Darfur Is Dying or Peter Packet. There are “pull” games like the many 311 apps that let citizens report problems to city agencies. Read more...

Kudos for Waxman, ITVS and Indies

Top Row: Tracy Doz Tragos, Darius Clark Monroe, Byron Hurt, Dawn Porter, Pat Harrison; Front: Sally Jo Fifer and Rep. Henry Waxman"It is a treat seeing the product of legislation we wrote in the 80s," said Rep. Henry Waxman at an Independent Television Service award ceremony for him. "The rich and powerful often get their way in D.C., but the poor and marginalized don't get their story told."

Waxman, who is widely beloved for his pragmatic and conscientious struggle to leverage government for the good of many, whether in health care, the environment or the media, was remembering the 1988 legislation he shepherded, which created ITVS. Read more...

Snowden on the Power of the (Encrypted) Press

CitizenfourEdward Snowden made a surprise appearance at the "News Organizations & Digital Security" convening. His message: Use encryption and be as safe as you can be, but don’t settle for playing defense. Demand policy that doesn’t turn journalism into a guerrilla activity, and that increases government accountability. Read more...

Do Journalists Have Good Enough Security Tools?

Reporters CommitteeAt the "News Organizations and Digital Security" convening, journalists and technologists faced sometimes grisly realities about the challenges individuals and news organizations face to safely secure communication.

The event, co-hosted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the PressFreedom of the Press Foundation, and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, also showcased current tools (and their limitations) for encryption. Read more...

Librarians and Fair Use: Take the Big Picture

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research LibrariesCan a library put a professor’s reading list of book chapters and other excerpts from academic monographs on e-reserve for students in the class, without permission from the copyright holder?

That’s been in dispute since 2008, when publishers sued Georgia State University for doing just that. A District Court judge ruled that almost all of the scores of uses were fair, but also set an arbitrary standard of 10% for allowable quoting from academic monographs.

And the publishers appealed. Now an appeals court has reviewed the ruling, and sent it back for corrections. Read more...