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The MIT Media Lab is inviting nominations for its 2019 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award, which will be presented to an individual or a group who engages in responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices. In particular, this refers to action which seeks to change society in positive ways and is consistent with the key principles of non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

The MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award aims to raise the public profile of these activities and ultimately inspire new agents of change.


The winner of the MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award will receive a US$250,000 cash prize.


Nominees can be people and groups working in any discipline, anywhere in the world, including, but not limited to, scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate. They must be individuals and groups who engage in ethical, nonviolent acts of disobedience in service of society. The award is open to nominations for anyone still living and active in any field, including the arts, academia, law, politics, science, and social advocacy. Nominees should have spoken the truth to power, taken responsibility, and demanded systemic change.

Nominees must be living at the time of nomination and if it is an organization, it must be currently operational at the time of nomination. They must have taken personal risk in order to effect positive change.

Self-nominations are not eligible.


Nominations are to be done online by 31 July 2019.

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