Participatory Politics

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By Ethan Zuckerman 11/29/2012 - 1:35pm Comments
A great deal of our conversation lately has focused on getting governments to open up their data and to share what they know with the general public. We are beginning to see a larger trend emerge -– much of the thinking of the power of...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/21/2011 - 10:40am Comments
Media activists Marisa Jahn and Julian Rubinstein recently joined us at the Center for Civic Media for our weekly Civic Media Lunch series. Marisa is the new director of the People’s Production House, a New York based project that works with...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 04/29/2013 - 4:20pm Comments
I was recently in Senegal at a board meeting for Open Society Foundation, meeting organizations the foundation supports around the continent. Two projects in particular stuck in my mind. One is Y’en a Marre (“Fed Up”), a Senegalese activist...
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By Liz Losh 10/21/2013 - 6:15pm Comments
On a recent visit to Sarai, a Delhi research think tank housed in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, I met a number of female university students who described participating in the mass protests that occurred after a 23-year-old...
Human Rights and Social Media in India: Blank Noise Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 11/10/2009 - 9:15am Comments
The relationship between digital media and democracy is complicated, because it is difficult for researchers to draw causal connections between adopting new social computing technologies and promoting what Joseph Kahne, Mills College professor...
Digital Media and Democracy: Early Returns Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 12/08/2009 - 2:50pm Comments
As the new year rolls around, like many political science professors, Kareem Crayton is thinking about the possible repercussions of next year’s 2010 census and what he calls the “opening skirmishes” of the partisan fight over “who’s going to...
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By Liz Losh 02/01/2010 - 10:00am Comments
With the first year of the Obama administration officially coming to a close, educators have been thinking about how the president’s online presence could be used for both civic education and media literacy purposes.  Obama came into...
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By Joseph Kahne 03/10/2011 - 9:00am Comments
In a cartoon depicting the evolution of Good Samaritanism in the digital age, a man walks by a homeless person lying on the street and does nothing. In the next frame, he is at his computer -- "What's this?!! Sally needs a bag of fertilizer for...
Is the Virtual World Good for the 'Real' One? Blog Image
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By S. Craig Watkins 04/25/2011 - 3:10pm Comments
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her iCivics team recently convened a thought provoking conference, Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age. In partnership with the Aspen Institute, Georgetown Law, and the MacArthur...
What Should Civic Learning Look Like in an Age of Technological Change?
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By Howard Rheingold 05/26/2011 - 9:01am Comments
There’s a lot of conversation about young people’s use of digital media and how it impacts their engagement -- or lack of engagement -- in civic affairs and politics, but not a great deal of empirical work has been done. Until now. Joseph Kahne...
How  Impact Youth Political and Civic Engagement?
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By Raquel Recuero 10/10/2011 - 11:45am Comments
Freedom of speech and social mobilization is new for many countries in Latin America. Most have had closed governments and dictatorships for the last 30 years. However, because of the spread of social media, political action, protests and...
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By Whitney Burke 11/04/2011 - 1:43pm Comments
The growing use of digital media for social change is nourishing a dialogue about its impact on young people’s involvement in civic and political affairs. The Media Activism Participatory Politics (MAPP) project, an undertaking of the MacArthur...
Media, Youth Activism & Participatory Politics: Case Studies in a Digital Age
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By Raquel Recuero 11/28/2011 - 10:55am Comments
Young people from many countries in Latin America have organized themselves and occupied public places just like their counterparts around the globe.  While some protesters are still camped, others are not.  In both instances, the...
#Occupy and Digital Media in Latin America: Observations Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 12/21/2011 - 10:40am Comments
Media activists Marisa Jahn and Julian Rubinstein recently joined us at the Center for Civic Media for our weekly Civic Media Lunch series. Marisa is the new director of the People’s Production House, a New York based project that works with...
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By Raquel Recuero 05/25/2012 - 4:45pm Comments
Today Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vetoed several parts of a controversial forest bill that had been approved by Brazil’s Congress and promoted by powerful agricultural interests. Until today, it was unclear how President Rousseff would...
Social Media: The #VetaDilma Movement and the Brazil's Forests Blog Image
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By Liz Losh 06/14/2012 - 5:00am Comments
In March of this year, as I taught my winter lecture class that focuses on Public Rhetoric and Practical Communication Online, I began to receive urgent e-mails from students about a viral video produced by a group called Invisible Children,...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 08/13/2012 - 8:20am Comments
Ten people each contribute $100 a month into a pool. They meet once a month and discuss possible projects to support. Each month, they give a grant of $1000 to a project that meets a simple criterion: it’s awesome. That’s the logic behind the...
How Do We Make Civic Crowdfunding Awesome? Blog Image
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By Ethan Zuckerman 09/03/2012 - 1:15pm Comments
Last week, I gave a lecture titled “The Emergence of Digital Civics” at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. I was in South Australia to give another lecture, a joint lecture with Dr. Genevieve Bell of Intel in memory of her friend James...
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By Liz Losh 11/08/2012 - 8:10am Comments
Before the presidential election took place this week, many teachers used attention to the political drama unfolding across the nation as a way to draw students into classroom discussions and assignments.  Lesson plans that focus on...
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By Ethan Zuckerman 11/29/2012 - 1:35pm Comments
A great deal of our conversation lately has focused on getting governments to open up their data and to share what they know with the general public. We are beginning to see a larger trend emerge -– much of the thinking of the power of...
What Ancient Greek Rhetoric Might Teach Us About New Civics Blog Image