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Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. The opportunity provided by the adaption of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, as evidenced by the successful deployment of the Obama Campaign and Administration is clear and compelling. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals by increasing public value in the form of better public decisions that accurately reflect local input and expectations. Additionally, civic engagement increases the capacity of a society to understand the decision making processes agencies use when seeking solutions for complex issues.
This panel will discuss the emergence of sophisticated online tools and platforms that support large-scale collaboration and dialogue. We discuss and dissect concrete examples of social media as a low-cost technical tool of empowerment for increasing civic engagement, and at the same time, lowering the barrier for participation by citizens.