Show: New America Events - The Future of Media

Episode: 0002 Technology, Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Part 2 of 3)

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Disaster, fraud and crime reporting sites provide information to civic authorities. AmberAlert has more than 7 million users who help with information on child abductions, and SERVE.GOV enables citizens to volunteer for national parks, museums and other institutions. These are just a few examples of digital tools -- from social networking applications, to microblogging (e.g. Twitter), to recommendation sites like Ushahidi -- that represent the new frontier of technology-mediated social participation. Whether dealing with a natural disaster, expanding health care coverage, or campaigning to make a forest a national landmark, governments and private citizens alike have found digital tools to be an effective means of reaching the masses.

Participants in this discussion include:

Ginny Hunt
Head of Public Sector Programs

Jenny Preece
Professor and Dean, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

Sonal Shah
Deputy Assistant to the President
Director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

Ben Shneiderman
Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director, Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Maryland

This discussion took place in December of 2010. For additional details, please see

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