Category Archives: Political Participation

the internet and politics: analyzing the 2008 us election – part 2

Here are four videos from the Berkman Internet and Politics conference held at Harvard last week. – A conversation with Joe Trippi and Ari Melber – A conversation with Jeremy Bird, Obama for America – A conversation with Marshall Ganz … Continue reading

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understanding the Internet: Italian politicians go online

More and more Italian politicians have been jumping on the Internet bandwagon. The Education Minister Mariarosa Gelmini has started a YouTube channel, where she announces with a video that she hopes this channel will allow her to listen to people’s … Continue reading

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lessons in democracy from America – part 2

Yesterday at the Kennedy School of Government I attended the IOP Forum “War Stories: Inside Campaign 2008”, where David Axelrod (Chief Strategist, Obama Campaign) and David Plouffe (Campaign Manager, Obama Campaign) discussed with Rick Davis (Campaign Manager, McCain Campaign) and … Continue reading

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the Internet and politics: analyzing the 2008 US election

A group of McCain and Obama campaigners, academics, activists, bloggers and journalists have gathered for two days at Harvard at a conference organized by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society examining the role that the Internet has played in … Continue reading

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Internet access in Italy remains low: choice or constraints?

A report published yesterday by Eurostat on Internet use and access in the 27 European member states, Norway, Iceland and Croatia, shows that Internet access in Italian households has remained stable at 42% in the last three years (it was … Continue reading

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Next steps for president-elect Obama and We the people

[Cross-posted on Berkman’s Internet & Democracy blog] Today an outstanding panel gathered at Harvard Law School to discuss Obama’s election and the next steps for Obama’s administration and the American people: “In Order To Form a More Perfect Union: Next … Continue reading

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How Facebook is changing Italian social and political life

[Cross-posted on Berkman’s Internet and Democracy blog] Two events have recently shaken Italian cyberspace: the launch of the Italian version of Facebook and the comments of Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after the election of President-elect Barack Obama. I believe … Continue reading

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lessons in democracy from America

I just finished listening to the first press conference of President elect Barack Obama. While acknowledging the great challenges which are lying ahead of his adminstration, starting from the catastrophic state of the global economy, what President Obama (and boy … Continue reading

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Internet overtakes newspapers as main source of campaign news

[Cross-posted on Berkman’s Internet & Democracy blog] There were many firsts in this 2008 election cycle: amongst them the pivotal role played by the Internet in engaging voters, raising funds and organizing volunteers and party supporters. But the most striking … Continue reading

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