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 [...]
In his piece, “Against Transparency”, Lawrence Lessig dives deep into an argument for why government disclosure, even on certain salient issues like campaign finance, isn’t necessarily an absolute good when it comes to political discourse in the United States. I was specifically intrigued by his use of the Hillary Clinton example and what would eventually become [...]
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 [...]
We’ll get to this in a later week, but I do a lot of online activism, mostly through letters to my members of Congress. What’s relevant to a look at how social media has changed the relationship between politicians and voters is what happens after I click: “Tell Congress!” My particular congresswoman, upstanding lady that she [...]
Twitter has become an increasingly vital political communications tool for political leaders: Sarah Palin’s Twitter account is followed by over 390,000 people, for instance, while a stunning six million people currently follow President Obama’s tweets. The Democratic Party has a Twitter account featuring policy updates and announcements as well as links to the twitter feeds of [...]