We study the public sphere so we must share our findings with the public sphere. Research on activism that stays within the academy would contradict the spirit of that activism. In that spirit, the Digital Activism Research Project does project outreach both nationally and internationally to share our findings and get feedback.
I recently presented project findings at the Open Government Partnership regional meeting in Santiago, Chile. The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. This particular meeting included participants from the US, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, among other countries.
My presentation, below in PDF form, focused on ways that digital technology is transforming civil society, the engine of democratic governance, and included findings from DARP’s Global Digital Activism Data Set.