Thursday, April 17, 2014
 

Social Media and Social Change

I was interviewed by NATO Review on the role of social media in social movements.

 

Free and Open Internet Is U.S. Foreign Policy

From the U.S. Department of State:

On February 15, 2011, Secretary Clinton reconfirmed the U.S. commitment to global Internet freedom in an address at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In last year’s speech, the Secretary identified the defense of a free, open, and interconnected Internet as a U.S. foreign policy priority. The State Department works to advance Internet freedom as an aspect of the universal rights of freedom of expression and the free flow of information.

The Internet and other digital technologies enable an unprecedented level of communication and connection among individuals. They empower people across the world with the tools to share ideas and information as never before. In many ways, the Internet is the largest collaborative effort humankind has ever seen, magnifying the power and potential of individual voices on a global scale.

 

Social Media Revolution

 

Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History

NYU professor Clay Shirky on the transformational power of social media.

 

Governments Turn to Facebook to Share Election Info

From “Inside Facebook”

Local governments are busy trying out Facebook as a new place to encourage voting. They’re likely encouraged by seeing Facebook’s relevance in big 2008 campaigns, when both major US political parties, and especially President Barack Obama’s campaign, used the service to promote themselves.

Facebook has also grown by more than 200 million monthly active users in the last year or so, 60 million of whom are in the US. Today, more than 112 million people are using the site every month — that’s a third of the US population, and another reason Facebook is a venue that governments can’t ignore.

Read more here