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Thursday, August 2 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Read the Comments! Fostering Constructive Dialogues in Online Spaces

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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 dialogues around the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Scratch, then encourage participants to share strategies for supporting the exchange of ideas across difference.


Christan Balch

Community Engagement Manager, Scratch Team, MIT Media Lab

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.

Thursday August 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, E15-070 Bartos Theater, Lower Level, Weisner Building E15 Wiesner Bldg, 20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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