Pew Internet has released an extensive new report titled, “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age.” The research, based on over 2,000 phone interviews during the summer of 2012, begins to paint a picture of civic engagement, particularly political engagement, during a period of explosive growth in the use of social networking sites. Among the report’s findings:
- 48% of adults directly take part in a civic group or activity.
- 39% of adults recently contacted a government official or spoke out in a public forum via offline methods.
- 34% did those things via online methods.
- 39% of adults do political or civic activities on social networking sites.
Download the full report here.
The editors of, Digital Democracy and the Impact of Technology on Governance and Politics: New Globalized Practices, have issued a call for chapters. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Digital politics, digital democracy, e-governance: theoretical foundations.
- Political participation and electronic citizenship: the possibilities and endangerments of cyberspace for democratic dialogue and political pluralism.
- Technology and e-governance: Public and supranational policy making.
- Digital democracy and civil society. The role of technology for the NGO’ s and social movements.
- Democracy in the prospect of Globalization and information era: the implications for the traditional representative democracy.
- Electronic citizenship and democracy across borders: political inclusion and political seclusion.
- The social parameters of digital democracy: social politics and social seclusions.
- Elective processes and electronic voting: practices and policies in favor of supranational democracy.
- E-governance and policy making in the U.S and the European Union.
- Transparency, accountability and democratic legitimacy and the modern role of technology and cyberspace in their realization.
- Technology as a means for direct democracy and as a remedy for political apathy.
- The transformation of democracy in the era of cyberspace and globalization: what are the challenges and threats?
- The use of technology in political decision making: freedom of speech, referenda and digital participation.
- Public surveillance of political participation and the notion of political anonymity.
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