This workshop offers a forum for debating the signal claim of Matthew Hindman that digital democracy, as most online commentators know it, is a myth. The forum builds on Hindman's afternoon talk at Yale Law School titled "The Elephant and the Butterfly: Audience Size and the Political Economy of he Web." All in attendance are invited to read chapters four, five, and seven from Hindman's The Myth of Digital Democracy. A second piece "Closing the Frontier: Political Blogs, the 2008 Election, and the Online Public Sphere" will be forwarded to anyone who reserves as spot, as requested, from Ben Peters at email@example.com.
Matthew Hindman (PhD in Politics, Princeton) is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and author of The Myth of Digital Democracy.
Micah Sifry is co-founder of the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference on technology and politics, and editor of the award winning group blog Tech President, which covers how politicians are using the web, and how the web is using them.
(Moderator) Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is a PhD Candidate in Communications at Columbia University.
The "Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group" is a forum for fellows and affiliates of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, Yale Law School Information Society Project, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to discuss their ongoing research. Each session is focused on the peer review and discussion of current projects submitted by a presenter. Meeting alternatively at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the working group aims to expand the shared knowledge of young scholars by bringing together these preeminent centers of thought on issues confronting the information age. Discussion sessions are designed to facilitate advancements in the individual research of presenters and in turn encourage exposure among the participants to the multi-disciplinary features of the issues addressed by their own work.
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