Michael Frumin

Technical Director of R&D, Eyebeam

Visualizing Democracy
16 minutes, 7.3mb, recorded 2005-06-29
Topics: Media Politics
Michael Frumin
Fundrace.org may be the single most mediagenic geospatial web application ever. Its local mapping and geocoded search of the US presidential campaign finance records attracted millions of users and a mainstream media frenzy. This included mentions in Associated Press and Yahoo! news. It also brought into focus privacy issues associated with contributions to the presidential campaigns into the public view.

Michael Frumin discusses the Fundrace project's multiple iterations at Eyebeam, a not-for-profit media arts and technology research group in New York City. Although Fundrace.org did not initially include localized geo-capabilities, its ever-zooming focus eventually yielded results. An important open government data source, previously tasted only by journalists and political analysts, was devoured online with a geospatial spoon.

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Michael Frumin is the technical director of R&D at Eyebeam, a non-profit media arts and technology research organization in New York City. He began his career in original and creative technology-based research while working on advanced networking protocols as an undergraduate at Stanford University. After school, he was a founding member of a team of hackers using their quantitative skills to find proprietary, novel real-time sources of qualitative information for hedge fund managers. Eager to develop projects in the public domain and for the arts community, Frumin accepted the prototype research fellowship at Eyebeam where he has been the primary developer of fundrace.org, the reBlog (also an open source software project: reBlog.org), ForwardTrack/TomsPetition, Pizza Party, and other works, some still in development. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, very close to where he grew up.


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