Report Oct. 19, 2012

Social Media and Political Engagement

66% of social media users have employed the platforms for at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media

Report Mar. 12, 2012

Social networking sites and politics

18% of users have shunned “friends” who have different ideas and 16% have found friends whose beliefs match their own

Presentations Apr. 14, 2011

The Internet and the 2010 Midterms

Summary of research findings from Pew Internet’s 2010 post-election survey.

Report Jan. 27, 2011

22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign

Republicans catch up to Democrats in social media use for politics as social media became a regular part of the political environment in the 2010 midyear elections

Presentations Oct. 15, 2009

Are opportunities for online engagement bringing new voices into the civic debate?

Aaron Smith discusses the role the Internet plays in opening civic and political debate to historically underrepresented groups.

Report Sep. 1, 2009

The Internet and Civic Engagement

Just as in offline politics, the well-off and well-educated are especially likely to participate in online activities that mirror offline forms of engagement. But there are hints that social media may alter this pattern.

Presentations Aug. 19, 2009

Broadband’s Impact on Citizen Engagement

The goal of this FCC workshop was to assess, and facilitate a conversation about, the current state of data on broadband adoption and utilization, as well as the associated measurement and other challenges. Susannah Fox discussed the Pew Internet …

Report Dec. 30, 2008

Post-Election Voter Engagement

Voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Barack Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration.

Commentary Dec. 5, 2008

Joining the Discussion at Change.gov

After a presidential race in which the internet played a huge role in empowering ordinary citizens to participate in the political process, change.gov offers a fascinating look into how the new administration is attempting to replicate this dynami…

Commentary Nov. 20, 2008

Online political engagement in the U.S. and Japan

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, hosted a cross-cultural discussion of the internet and politics in which the word “cool” played a starring role.