Power Moves: Tom Scocca joins Civil world, Beth Noveck joins NYU Tandon faculty, Carmera bulks up - Technical.ly Brooklyn

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Mar. 2, 2018 12:51 pm

Power Moves: Tom Scocca joins Civil world, Beth Noveck joins NYU Tandon faculty, Carmera bulks up

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Tom Scocca is the new editor of a site called Hmm Daily.

One of the city’s most respected editors is joining the blockchain world. Tom Scocca explained to the Columbia Journalism Review that the site will be a “continuation of the tradition of sites that give people the chance to write and to read things they can’t find other places. That’s sort of been the unifying theme of most places I’ve worked, like Baltimore City Paper (RIP), the Observer (RIP, or at least somewhere between hospice care and Weekend at Bernie’s), Gawker (RIP), and The Awl (RIP). Various market forces and a vindictive billionaire or two have killed these various platforms off, but I think the underlying mission is essential and valuable, and is something people will always want and always need.”

The site will run on Brooklyn blockchain startup Civil’s Ethereum-based platform, one of several new journalism sites there, including Maria Bustillos’s Popula and David Moore’s Sludge.

Joining Scocca will be fellow Gawker alum Lacey Donohue as a contributing editor and several others.

NYU Tandon adds Beth Noveck to its faculty.

Noveck, the founder of that school’s GovLab, will join as a professor in the Department of Technology, Culture, and Society. Noveck, who started the GovLab in 2014, will now be teaching undergrads.

“They’ll have a chance to be involved in hands-on projects that will show them the challenges and rewards of being a public entrepreneur,” Noveck said in NYU Tandon’s announcement. “And they’ll be able to make real contributions to public institutions while developing next-generation skills.”

Brooklyn startup Carmera adds Manuela Papadopol, others to a growing roster.

Carmera imagery of New York's West Village.

Carmera imagery of New York’s West Village.

Papadopol comes to Carmera after more than six years as the director of business development for a Seattle and Germany-based automotive company called Elektrobit. Prior to that she worked in marketing at Microsoft.

The company announced five other hires last month and says it’s continuing to grow staff.

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