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The ways people communicate, to whom, and with what effects are crucial elements of vibrant public life. Our contemporary world is defined by rapid changes in uses of both new technologies and traditional communication media. The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding these dynamic media systems in order to promote citizen engagement and effective participation in local, national, and global affairs.
This is an important historical period for developing new communication models. There are many signs that new forms of citizenship, politics, and public engagement are emerging. Young citizens increasingly participate in global politics and exercise their consumer power at home. Supporters of many interest organizations and parties are graying, triggering the search for communication strategies to mobilize new supporters. The importance of participatory media and social networking on the Internet has become clear in elections and issue campaigns. The news as we know it is losing audience, particularly in younger age groups, raising questions about how public information will be communicated in the coming years. The research and learning programs at CCCE seek to understand these new challenges and opportunities for communication and civic engagement.
The Center has a broad range of research capabilities and learning programs that involve faculty and students at the University of Washington, as well as local community partners and scholars around the world. Primary responsibilities for coordinating the research, learning, and outreach activities of the Center are shared by faculty, staff, and students across the university through a network of Faculty Affiliates and Advisors.