Browse Knight-funded ideas

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New Urban Mechanics Collaborative

To support the implementation of community-driven technology programs developed through a collaborative of Knight grantees and the Harvard Kennedy School.

!nstant mobile app

To create !nstant, a mobile app designed to verify and provide context to breaking news on social media.

'Among Friends' by Cesar Trasobares

To support Cesar Trasobares in researching, writing and editing a book based on the lives of three acclaimed Cuban-born artists, emphasizing the impact that Miami had on their practice.

'Creating A Public Square in a Challenging Media Age'

To issue a white paper that will advance the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and provide ideas to implement its recommendations. Note: The finished white paper by Norm Ornstein was published as "Creating A Public Square in a Challenging Media Age." Please see related project here.

10 Questions: Brazil

To adapt and implement the "10Questions" platform in Brazil's presidential election as a first step to bringing the system to Latin America

10Questions Mobile

To create 10Questions mobile app and pilot test it in the Mexican presidential election

2016 Political Ad Tracker

Bringing accountability to the voting process by creating a public library of TV news and political advertising from key 2016 primary election states,paired with nonpartisan fact-checking and additional analysis from PolitiFact,the University of Pennsylvania's,The Center for Public Integrity and others.

596 Acres

596 Acres, in partnership with the New Orleans Food & Farm Network, will build an online vacant lot finder, Living Lots, to be prototyped in New Orleans. The platform will connect citizens with land-use data and offer an organized approach to engage with government processes.


Increasing civic engagement through a role-playing game that fosters democracy, empathy, and creative problem solving for civic issues.

@bostonglobe and @civicMIT

To establish a partnership for newsroom innovation between The Boston Globe and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and later other universities

A citizen science data broker

A matchmaking service where people who observe and record things of interest connect with people who need their observations, through a map-centric mobile and web app. Data collectors define their interests and locations and share observations with project managers who specify where they need data, (via a simple form) and tag their project with a vocabulary we design to facilitate matching.

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