New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest.
New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
In what became one of the defining moments of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain takes back the microphone from Gayle Quinnell, who said Barack Obama “was an Arab.” The moment occurred during a town hall meeting on Oct. 10, 2008, in Lakeville, Minn.
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John McCain did something during the 2008 U.S. presidential election that would seem very out of place today: he made himself vulnerable by speaking up about the character of opponent Barack Obama.
Increasingly, young people across Africa are taking up Nelson Mandela's challenge of working to improve the lives of ordinary people.
Badeschi on the Spree River in Berlin.
Community proposals for public swimming pools are popping up all over the country. But individuals need to work with governments to ensure these projects actually get off the ground.
How does searching affect voting?
Social media sites aren't the only online systems that can secretly influence people's votes. Search engines can too and may be even more successful – and undetectable.
Students walk out of school in March 2018 as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for a school boycott to change the nation's gun laws and make schools safer. A scholar who studies protest explains how the boycott could work.
Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws.
Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Protesters carry signs during a march for science Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Denver.
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One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
Brisbane cycle path signage: Slow!
Smart cities are usually optimised like a business for speed and efficiency. Placemaking can slow down cities to improve health and wellbeing and promote more democratic engagement of citizens.
However powerful technologies may seem, choices are made by people – not the machines they invent.
Very few organisations in the field of civic technology are choosing the right tools for the job.
It may be accepted wisdom that Australians are disengaged from politics, but there are plenty of other indicators to suggest otherwise.
We may believe that Australians are disengaged from the political process, but that may be because we're not looking in the right places.
Crowdfunding could impact the role governments play in the future.
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Civic crowdfunding is taking hold around the world, but there could be unintended consequences.
Polls are open. Which campaigns’ ground games will outlast the election?
In the final Election Day push, more and more focus is being shifted to the “ground game,” or the effort campaigns make to identify and turn out voters. From Massachusetts to Alaska, New Hampshire to Colorado…
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Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…
Senator John Faulkner’s call for political parties to re-engage with Australians through social media is laudable, but his own efforts illustrate how much politicians have to learn.
After his speech about party renewal last week, I went to Labor Senator John Faulkner’s Facebook page. It has about 2700 likes. The page features links to speeches and pictures of events that Faulkner…