Category Archives: Internet and public issues

Rewiring Democracy

Facebook19 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 20Matt Leighninger and Quixada Moore-Vissing have published “Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement, and the Future of Politics” (Public Agenda 2018). I would pick out this major contrast from the complex document of 68 pages. On one … Continue reading

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Defending the Truth: An Activist’s Guide to Fighting Foreign Disinformation Warfare

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Dayton, OH) I recommend Maciej Bartkowski’s Defending the Truth: An Activist’s Guide to Fighting Foreign Disinformation Warfare from the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict. It’s free, concise, practical, and inspiring. Some examples of advice: Establish local networks that can be … Continue reading

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why didn’t the internet save democracy?

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16I don’t always like this format, but Dylan Matthews’ short interviews with Clay Shirky, Jeff Jarvis, David Weinberger, and Alec Ross add up to a useful overview of the question that Matthews poses to all four: “The … Continue reading

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the online world looks dark

Facebook45 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 45(Chicago) I’m at the #ObamaSummit, much of which can be followed online. In the opening plenary, several speakers (including President Obama) noted the drawbacks of social media: psychological isolation, manipulation by powerful companies and governments, fake news, … Continue reading

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democracy in the digital age

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8New chapter: “Democracy in the Digital Age,” The Civic Media Reader, edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 29-47 Abstract: Digital media change rapidly, but democracy presents perennial challenges. It is not … Continue reading

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teaching online civic engagement

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33For several years, Joe Kahne and his colleagues have been conducting intensive research on young people’s use of digital media for politics and what that means for education. Their research has taken the form of large-scale youth … Continue reading

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Does Twitter “smoosh” the public and private?

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5In The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer explains why Twitter seems not to be as fun or as socially satisfying as some other networks. He thinks it uncomfortably and unsuccessfully “smooshes” together aspects of oral communication (spontaneity, rapidity, and interactivity) with … Continue reading

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crowd-sourcing information as a form of civic work

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8(Milwaukee, WI) Beth Noveck has been a leader since the 1990s in connecting online, collaborative knowledge-production efforts (tools like Stack Exchange) to government, and vice-versa. She has pursued that cause both as a scholar and as an Obama … Continue reading

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debating the continued importance of institutions

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Back in June, at the Boston Civic Media conference, I was part of a panel with Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Christine Gaspar, director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Doris Sommer, professor and … Continue reading

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the launch of Brigade

Facebook31 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 31Yesterday, Sean Parker of Facebook fame launched Brigade, a new app that lets you express opinions about political issues (including new issues that you introduce), discuss and persuade other users, identify people with similar concerns and views, and recruit them … Continue reading

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