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Participatory Culture Foundation

Miro is Participatory Culture’s core project. It’s a free open-source desktop video application that is designed to make mass media accessible for everyone.

Television is the most popular medium in our culture. But broadcast and cable TV has always been controlled by a small number of big corporations. We believe that the internet provides an opportunity to open television in ways that have never been possible before.

Miro is designed to eliminate gatekeepers. Viewers can connect to any video provider that they want. This frees creators to use the video hosting setup that works best for them– whether they choose to self-publish or use a service. It’s the kind of openness that the internet allows and that we should all demand.

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Miro is built by the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a 501c3 non-profit based in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States.

Miro is free, open-source software, licensed under the GPL. Built on top of other open-source projects, Miro’s source code is open and free for public use.

Just as important as the openness of Miro’s code is the openness of the technical standards that it employs. RSS, BitTorrent, HTTP, HTML, and CSS are all open technologies that help Miro create a level playing field for video creators to distribute their work and for viewers to connect to any publisher in the world.

With closed, proprietary technologies there are gatekeepers who control who can publish and who can watch. Since RSS is free, public technology, publishers only need to create a single RSS feed to distribute their content to multiple platforms.

Because of this, video RSS is at the core of Miro’s client, allowing Miro to see if there are any new videos available and to begin a download.

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Above: Miro Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 3/5/08
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Above: Miro Screenshot -- #2
Uploaded: 3/5/08

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