Berkman Launches Internet & Democracy Project

What is the relationship between the proliferation of digital/networked technology and democracy? This is the focus of Berkman's new 'Internet & Democracy Project.' From the official press release:

"The Berkman Center proudly announces its latest endeavor, the Internet & Democracy Project, which is an initiative that will examine how the Internet influences democratic norms and modes, including its impact on civil society, citizen media, government transparency, and the rule of law, with a focus on the Middle East."

The project will have two outputs: (i) publishing a series of case studies that document how the Internet was used in specific political encourters; (ii) helping to build a community of civil society practitioners and geeks to identify key issues and make existing online tools more available.

I started working on this project in May. I spent much of the summer reading and writing about digital/networked technology and its effects on the Ukrainian Orange Revolution. As the summer waned, the project got more legs. A wonderful Research Director, Bruce Etling, was hired, and we hosted our first external research meeting. I'll be doing some content managing and blogging for the project as it gains more momentum this Fall.



  • Some documentary (one of them Bob Geldof in Africa things) said that if 30% percent of the population can communicate at the same time, despotism is impossible. Or some such number. He was in the Congo, I think (so you can look it up).

    By Blogger The 27th Comrade, at 9:54 AM  

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