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New Research Examines Crowd-Sourced Story Banks for Progressive Advocacy

Our research tells a tale not so much of Silicon Valley innovation, but rather of Beltway ingenuity.

Ethics and Documentary Film: When Is Sponsorship Conflict of Interest?

Every documentary has to get paid for somehow. When does sponsorship put the documentary’s claim to be independent, accurate truth-telling at risk? A new investigative piece by Tim Schwab at the...

CMSI 2019 Year in Review

Read about CMSI's 2019 highlights and find links to our recent work.

Edgy Interactive at IDFA’s DocLab 2019

IDFA DocLab, led by Caspar Sonnen, is one of the premier sites worldwide to view experiment in audio-visual interactive art.

IDFA 2019: The Power of Public Memory in Documentary Film

IDFA is the annual über-showcase of documentary film from all over the world, and a pilgrimage site for doc lovers.

Software Preservationists Need, Want—and Now Have–Better Fair Use Knowledge

A just-completed survey of Software Preservation Network members shows that the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation is a needed and welcome tool to get their work done....

Why a Show Known for Its Phallic Humor is Promoting Reproductive Rights

One of the most progressive shows on Netflix right now may be a cartoon about two pubescent boys. While one might not expect a show featuring traditionally masculine humor to be a champion of female...

New CMSI Study Reveals How Major TV Programs and Newspapers (Mis)Represented Homelessness and Housing Security Issues in 2018

New research highlighting portrayals of homelessness in news and popular culture in 2018

Yes, And…Laughter Lab: Creating new collaboration between comedy and social justice

A communication and social neuroscience scholar recaps the inaugural event.

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