On February 27, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen held an online chat with netizens, the first such direct interaction with Chinese citizens of its kind. However, if you are of the cyber-optimistic view that new media tools spell out the end to authoritarian regimes worldwide as the oppressed world’s ticket to understanding and embrace of democracy, allow [...]
By: Alf, Katie, Jessica, Rachel, and Anne
Last week, five bloggers set out to test what would happen if each of us watched a different TV news show with a different political slant for three consecutive nights and then came together to write about what is happening in Libya based only on what we learned through our [...]
In Egypt, protests gathered momentum on Facebook and Twitter, among other social media tools. Simultaneously and subsequently, activists organized, devised, and promoted mobilization against government through these same mediums in nations across the Middle East and, to a more limited extent, in regions of Asia where repressive regimes continue to wield control as well.
One thing is [...]
With the implementation of an online voting system being considered more seriously than ever before, the topic of electronic voting has been on my mind. Thus, I casually typed the words “voting online” into my search engine the other day to see what I would find. The following Wired news headline appeared as the number two [...]
No matter how you personally define the phenomenon, just as the “citizen” in the term suggests, “citizen journalism” invites all individuals to serve as reporters, regardless of their academic backgrounds, biases, and perhaps incomplete information. Never have I relied more on the power of citizen journalism as I have recently as I yearn to uncover what [...]