Did Twitter Kill the Boys on the Bus?
Searching for a better way to cover a campaign

In a new paper released by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, Spring 2013 Fellow Peter Hamby, who covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential races for CNN, examines the challenges of reporting on a modern political race in today’s volatile online media ecosystem.

HKS alum and faculty speak at the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum

June 6-7, 2013 – Harvard Kennedy School Adjunct Lecturer Nicco Mele spoke at the 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum in New York City about “The Unwritten Future of Personal Democracy.” HKS alums Kate Krontiris and Kathryn Peters spoke about “Reimagining the Future of American Elections,” and Steve Grove spoke on “How Hangouts Are Improving Public Conversations.” Click here to watch the videos.

Internet has made Chinese government more accountable, public opinion more valuable, says Richburg

April 9, 2013 – Keith Richburg, Fellow at the Institute of Politics and former China correspondent for The Washington Post, said that in China, “the Internet has really changed everything, particularly the relationship between the Chinese government and the Chinese people.”

Politico’s Mike Allen: The Role of New Media in Election Coverage

November 13, 2012 – Discussion with Mike Allen, chief political reporter for Politico, and writes the daily Playbook. Moderated by Nicco Mele, Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School. http://storify.com/shorensteinctr/the-role-of-new-media-in-election-coverage

Effective use of social media will determine 2012 election, says Rory O’Connor

October 9, 2012 – Former Fellow Rory O’Connor joined the Shorenstein Center for a discussion about how social media has influenced politics and traditional media. O’Connor, a filmmaker and journalist, is the author of Friends, Followers and the Future: How…

Dispatches From an Unfinished Uprising: The Role of Technology in the 2009 Iranian Protest Movement

A new paper by Spring 2012 Fellow Nazila Fathi describes her experience as a journalist on the ground during the Iranian protests in June 2009.

‘Flash’ politics value outsiders over experts, says Matt Bai

February 14, 2012 — The Tea Party movement shares “striking similarities” to the online progressive movement of 2004–2005, said Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Bai spoke to the Shorenstein Center about how these two…

Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

Vivek Kundra Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com; Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A Shift in Power In the information economy, data is power and we face a…

Zeynep Tufekci: Tech tools can overcome ‘pluralistic ignorance’

October 25, 2011 — To discuss the impact of technology on citizen and state dynamics, Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fellow at…