A global news game and recommendation system
Terra Incognita: 1000 Cities of the World is a global news game and recommendation system. Terra Incognita helps you discover interesting news and personal connections to cities that you haven't read about. Whereas many recommendation systems connect you on the basis of "similarity", Terra Incognita connects you to global news on the basis of "serendipity". Each time you open the application, Terra Incognita shows you a city that you have not yet read about and gives you options for reading about it. Chelyabinsk (Russia), Hiroshima (Japan), Hagåtña (Guam) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) are a few of the places where you might end up.
This is the pilot phase of a research project by Catherine D'Ignazio, Matt Stempeck and Ethan Zuckerman at the MIT Center for Civic Media.