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…

NPR’s new journalism: @acarvin as anchor, tweeps as newsroom

Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist at NPR, spoke with Shorenstein Center Director Alex Jones and took questions at a brownbag lunch at the Harvard Kennedy School on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.

Reflections on Public Service

Vivek Kundra, fall 2011 fellow, shares his reflections on public service, which included the positions of the first U.S. Chief Information Officer in President Obama’s administration, Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty’s cabinet in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce…

Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network

Alexis Gelber Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2011 Formerly, Newsweek magazine Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama emerged as the champion of new media by using social networking tools in innovative ways to…

Tolbert traces digital inequality to lack of skills and money

April 5, 2011 — Caroline Tolbert has been researching and tracking digital literacy in the United States. As professor of political science at the University of Iowa, she studies the divide between the availability of Internet access and use of…

Cheryl Contee describes ‘Harlem Renaissance 2.0’

November 30, 2010 — At a Shorenstein Center event, Cheryl Contee, partner at Fission Strategy and co-founder of the political blog Jack & Jill Politics, explored the “Rise of African-American Online Political Influentials.” Contee said that she sees herself not as…