Tag Archives: New Research

A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: Cognitive Democracy

NYU  is having a LaPietra Dialogue this Friday on “Social Media and Political Participation” (#SMaPP_LPD). The purpose of the dialogue: “We are only beginning to scratch the surface of developing theories linking social media usage to political participation and actually beginning to test causal relationships. At the same time, the data being generated by users […]

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Internet and Democratic Accountability – The Rise of the Fifth Estate

Routledge released recently “Frontiers in New Media Research”  –  a book edited by Francis L.F. Lee, Louis Leung, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Donna S.C. Chu. The chapters “examine the implications of new media technologies on everyday life, existing social institutions, and the society at large at various levels of analysis”. Among the chapters include Prof. Dutton’s […]

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Re-designing our global systems to mitigate network risks

Dirk Helbing is a Professor of Sociology at ETH Zurich specializing in modeling complex systems, leveraging the availability of big data. He is best known for his “social force model” in which pedestrians are described and analyzed as “social forces” that self-organize themselves.  In the latest issue of Nature, Prof Helbing expands his model to […]

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Young Americans believe governance–as we know it–is broken

Yesterday, the Harvard University Institute of Politics released survey results concerning young Americans’ attitudes toward politics and public service. A near majority (47%) of the 3,000 18-29 year-old Americans surveyed agree that “politics today are no longer able to meet the challenges our country is facing,” illustrating the growing dissatisfaction among Millennials with current governance structures. […]

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Toward Metrics for Re(imagining) Governance

A new paper released by GovLab Research looks into “the promise and challenge of evaluating new practices of problem solving in governance, specifically citizen-engagement interventions.” The purpose of the paper  is to inform those innovators in governance who are eager to start developing a deeper insight into what works. The paper starts from the premise […]

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Pew: Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Earlier today, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released the findings of a survey on “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age”. The survey examined online and offline political engagement with special attention to the role of social networking sites in people’s political activities. It expands a study the Project conducted in 2008 […]

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“Participation is Law”

A new paper in the Medical Law Review reviews the value of citizens’ participation toward regulating new technologies, while illustrating how “citizens themselves are regulated through the techniques of participation” – expanding on  Larry Lessig’s famous Code is Law adagium. The paper starts by highlighting the positive narratives that are usually associated with debates around ‘anticipatory […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: Interpretative Communities

A new paper on “Local governance in the new information ecology” in the journal Public Money & Management calls for the creation of “interpretative communities” to make sense locally of open government data. In particular they argue that: “The availability of this open government data… solves nothing: as many writers have pointed out, such data […]

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Innovation Contests: A review of the growing literature

To stimulate innovation and help solve really big problems, (prize-induced) innovation contests are increasingly considered by a variety of organizations and governments. As  R&D budgets tighten and information and communication technologies continue to advance, leveraging the public’s expertise through innovation contests is becoming more attractive to industry and public agencies worldwide. Contests offer many advantages […]

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Designing participatory budget processes

Participatory budgeting has gained much traction the last few years across borders and demographics (see US map from Intellitics). Consider, for instance, the recent announcement by Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino to “set aside $1 million in the City’s budget for youth to allocate through “Participatory Budgeting,” in an effort to educate youth on how the […]

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