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The Internet's role in Campaign 2008

Three-quarters (74%) of American Internet users went online during the 2008 election to take part in, or get news and information about the 2008 campaign. This represents 55% of the entire adult population, and marks the first time the Pew Internet & American Life Project...

Challenge-based learning: an approach for our time

In the largest study to date of the practice anywhere, new findings from the New Media Consortium confirm that challenge-based learning is extremely effective with 9th grade students, including those most at risk of dropping out. The report followed six schools across the US as...

The need for speed: the importance of next-generation broadband networks

This report from US think-tank ITIF argues that supporting the deployment of faster broadband networks will be crucial to enabling next-generation Web-based applications and services that will play important roles in improving quality of life and boosting economic growth. While getting broadband service to the...

Ten ideas for policymakers to drive digital progress

This US article offers 10 guiding principals for creating technology policy that spurs and sustains digital progress. Innovators continue to find new ways to use information technology (IT) to make our lives better. Looking forward, IT will continue to be a critical component of solutions...

Realising the value of publication information

Governments and public bodies have always been in the business of managing information - as creators, controllers, distributors, and more. Until the mid-1990s, however, most states took on only two main roles as holders of information. First, they took responsibility for ensuring that information on...

The U.S. goverrnment's global health policy architecture: structure, programs, and funding

This report provides an overview of the U.S. government’s global health architecture. It first defines U.S. global health policy and describes the multiple ways in which the U.S. government plays a role in global health. It then provides a snapshot of U.S. global health funding...

Meet the new media makers: a toolkit for innovators in community media and grant making

This learning module reports on innovative community news initiatives that are cropping up around the United States - and the process of securing grants from foundations that have not traditionally supported journalism. In the case studies and accompanying videos, you’ll meet citizen journalists who have...
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Wikidentities: Young people collaborating on virtual identities in social network sites

We propose that the concept of the wiki may be useful for understanding the kinds of virtual identities that are constructed, visually presented, and narrated in online contexts, such as MySpace. Wikis and social networking sites (SNS) are arguably two of the most popular tools...

Cyberspace policy review

With the broad reach of a loose and lightly regulated digital infrastructure, great risks threaten nations, private enterprises, and individual rights, according to this report of the 60-day review on cybersecurity in the United States.

Designing climate mitigation policy

This US paper provides an exhaustive review of critical issues in the design of climate mitigation policy by pulling together key findings and controversies from diverse literatures on mitigation costs, damage valuation, policy instrument choice, technological innovation, and international climate policy. The authors begin with...