Digital technologies have enabled new forms of civic participation. This has created both opportunities (e.g. social movements) and challenges (e.g. misinformation). At the same time, physical spaces still play a critical role in bringing people together to engage in meaningful dialogue and action for their communities. This research explores the potential for integrating digital technologies and face-to-face interaction in ways that amplify the benefits of both types of experiences and mitigate their deficits. Our aim is to create new forms of civic participation that engage diverse voices, deepen engagement, and lead to more representative and meaningful action.
- How do people use digital and physical spaces to engage on civic issues?
- What attributes of different types of spaces (digital and physical) encourage productive dialogue and action across deeply different viewpoints?
- How do these experiences influence the nature of civic participation at the individual, community, and network levels?
- Community Labs in Public Libraries
- Workshop: Public libraries as platforms for civic engagement
- Data for Decision-Making Curriculum
- Data for Decision-Making (D4D)
- Information Strategies Curriculum
- Data for Democracy in Myanmar
- Mobile Information Literacy
- Information Strategies for Societies in Transition
- Innovation Spaces
- Georgia Civil Society 2.0
- Youth, ICTs, and Democracy in Egypt
- Open Cambodia 2011
People & Organizations
- Research Team
- Data for Democracy project supports Myanmar’s emerging data environment
- Data for Democracy: New TASCHA project
- Information Symposium to address challenges presented by Myanmar’s digital revolution & democratic transition
- Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum now available for use & adaptation
- Survey launched for Advancing MOOCs for Development Initiative
- Teaching information literacy & digital skills in mobile-centric Myanmar
- Students gain research skills while working on TASCHA projects