Digital Media and Politics

Digital Media & Politics

Digital media and civil society networks
With funding from the Swedish Research Council, CCCE is part of an international project investigating how different kinds of national and transnational political networks become organized and how they work. This broad study is developing a theoretical frameworks to handle cases as diverse as the Tahrir Square uprisings in Egypt, los indignados in Spain, Occupy in the U.S., and various issue advocacy networks organized by NGOs in the U.S., the UK, Germany and Sweden.

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Big Data, Social Technology and Politics

Teams of students and faculty from different UW departments and schools are exploring the origins and workings of emergent political action networks such as the Occupy protests. These projects use a range of methods from ethnographic observation and interviews, to the invention of new ways to analyze big data sets. One set in particular includes more than 100 million tweets from the occupy protests gathered by a team of students and faculty from the UW Information School. A new National Science Foundation grant will enable CCCE and the iSchool to partner in developing innovative ways to explore big data sets involving how citizens use social media. Read more…

The Project on Information Technology and Political Islam

The Project on Information Technology and Political Islam investigates the politics of information infrastructures in Muslim societies, and the civic and political uses of digital media in the Muslim world.

ICTs and Development

This is a database of grey literature about how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being used to solve social problems in developing countries.

Puget Sound Off

Puget Sound Off is a training program and youth-driven website that provides Seattle-area youth with a forum for discussion, artistic expression, and action as a way to empower and encourage them to develop a strong public voice. The PSO site will include issue and group pages (for local youth organizations) containing blogging, polling, user content, creative user multimedia, calendar, jobs and group networking features. Read more...

Democracy and the Internet (2000-2004)
Internet technology has created political opportunities, including new potentials for direct democracy and other bottom-up, self-organizing political forms. These forms range from democratic decision-making by online communities, such has Indymedia, to those activist groups like Move On, which use the amplifying capacity of the internet to mobilize large constituencies towards effecting social change. Read more...

Seattle Political Information Network (2003)
SPIN was an experiment in community-based, interactive communication. It was a response to the various gaps in public information created by the commercial channels that currently carry most of the easily available news and information in society. Read more...

Middle Media (2003)
The sites, zines, and blogs of the Internet have proven to be effective media for groups with limited resources and poor access to commercial mass media to organize and communicate. CCCE develops projects to better understand the organization and effectiveness of middle media resources. Read more...

Crossing the Campaign Divide: The Dean Phenomenon (2004)
David Iozzi, a 2004 CCCE Undergraduate Research Fellow and Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Fellow investigated in his senior honors thesis Internet use by the 2004 presidential candidates. He uses their online campaigning activity to shed light on the question of how political candidates can use the Web most effectively. In particular, he focuses on the emergence of the social networking technologies most notably seen in the Howard Dean organization. Read more...

The Net Repertoire: Global Activist Networks and Open Publishing (2003)
Heather Gorgura, B.A. in Political Science and Comparative Literature, 2003, focused on evolving communication technologies as activist resources. Her paper explores Internet technology, activism, and the democratization of the news media. Read more...

 

 

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