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Saturday, June 17 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Read the Comments! Fostering Constructive Digital Dialogues

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Everyone knows you shouldn’t read the comments. Or should you? This session explores how we can create constructive and caring online spaces. Drawing from our experience with Scratch, the largest online creative community for youth, we’ll discuss how design and moderation can nurture dialogue across experience and identity. We’ll start with an analysis of discussions about the 2016 presidential election on Scratch, then encourage participants to share strategies for supporting the exchange of ideas across difference.


Kasia Chmielinski

MIT Media Lab
Kasia is a digital storyteller and project lead at the MIT Media Lab. They have a background in physics, architecture, developmental psychology, and web technologies.

Sarah Otts

MIT Media Lab
Sarah works with the Scratch online community, an environment where young people can create projects and discuss topics meaningful to their lives. She plays in an activist brass band and has a background in computer science and gender studies.

Matthew Taylor

MIT Media Lab
Matt is a software engineer on the Scratch Project at the MIT Media Lab, who also enjoys and facilitates workshops in creative coding whenever he has the chance. Additionally, Matt plays in an activist brass band, and is on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival of activist... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Student Center: Hilberry B
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