Participatory Culture Foundation

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The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to "enable and support independent, non-corporate creativity and political engagement."

Its primary project is a free and open-source software Internet television platform called Miro, formerly named Democracy Player.[1]


It was founded in February 2005 and is based in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Downhill Battle project precedes PCF.[2]

PCF has received financial support from the Rappaport Family Foundation, Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, Knight Foundation, and other private donors.

On May 29, 2007, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it had awarded PCF a grant to continue their work on its open-source video projects.[3]


  • Miro – a free/open-source broadcatching software application which allows subscribing to web feeds of downloadable audio and video
    • Miro Guide – a web-based directory of audio and video web feeds, integrated by default into the application
  • Miro Community – a free web hosting service for user-submitted video; hosts mostly Theora-formatted video in HTML5-compatible web browsers
  • Amara (formerly Universal Subtitles) – crowd-source translations
  • The Channel Channel – a project to provide one-minute previews of internet channels; last updated in January 2007
  • Video Bomb – a folksonomy-driven video directory
  • Broadcast Machine – a desktop application allowing easy publishing of video files and updated internet television channels; last updated February 21, 2006
  • Miro Video Converter – an application to convert any video to MP4, Theora or formats compatible with Android, iPod, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), and PlayStation Portable devices

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Democracy Internet TV Blog: Announcing Miro". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
  2. ^ "About Page, Participatory Culture Foundation website". Retrieved August 1, 2007.
  3. ^ "Seth's Mozilla Blog". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2007-06-28.

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