On June 28th, we will be attending an event at Brookings about how new media can reinvigorate democracy and civic participation. Diana Owen will discuss her paper about civic education, which we have published here, with the other distinguished panelists. Check back to this post for live updates and a video stream of the event.
Brookings post-event opinion: http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2011/06/28-social-media-west
Here is the event description from the Brookings website:
On June 28, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will convene a discussion forum focused on using social networking and digital tools to reinvigorate democracy and extend electronic engagement from campaigns and grassroots-activism to governance. Participants will discuss strategies for voter empowerment, citizen engagement, and governance transformation. Questions to be examined will include: What tools does government use to engage the American people, and how have these engagement strategies evolved? How does social networking improve participation and collaboration in governance? What does current research say? What role should industry actors such as Facebook and Twitter play in encouraging online civic participation?
Welcoming Remarks and Moderator
Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of American Studies
Macon PhillipsLee Rainie
Special Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy
The White House
Pew Internet & American Life Project