Last week, I argued that the best way to use Twitter to learn about the revolutions was to follow more specific topics and then to fact-check the information gathered from your Twitter feed.
Andy Carvin (@carvin), the well-known NPR reporter who has been curating social media from the recent protests, recently turned my model on its head: [...]
Populated by just one million people, Bahrain has done an impressive job for such a small state of catching the world’s attention. Bahrain, of course, is packing disproportionate heat – it is a banking hub, produces a significant amount of oil, and is another one of the dominoes in the series of Arab states whose citizens [...]
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 [...]
Ever since campaigns appeared to master the art of directly engaging volunteers and voters through new media channels and platforms, a question has loomed over the future of political use of these media: What happens after the candidates are elected? Barack Obama implicitly promised to bring youth and tech savvy to governance, and “Government 2.0” has [...]
The United States federal government is a perfect example of inefficiency. Currently, the federal government certainly has more than 24,000 websites, with 24,000 different designs. There is no coordinated web strategy, and little semblance to the country that boasts the beginnings of the world’s biggest sites. Disorganization extends into the budget as well. With annual [...]