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Is the Internet Democratizing?


Remember to use your own words, using your best writing skills, cite your sources, and provide a reference list

Anderson and Rainie (2020) surveyed scholars about the impact of technology on democracy. Identify at least 3 concerns expressed by these experts regarding the future of democracy in a digital world. For each concern, include a quote from an expert that you found to be important or insightful. Explain why each quote resonated with you.

Identify at least 3 possible hopes or solutions that counteract concerns about technology’s impact on democracy. For each hope or solution, include a quote from an expert that you found to be important or insightful. Explain why each quote resonated with you.

Remember to use your own words, using your best writing skills, cite your sources, and provide a reference list.

Future trends and the impact of social media

After reviewing all of the learning resources for the week, respond to the following items:

· Integrating and citing at least 3 resources from this week, what are some trends that we are likely to see in the future that will partner technology and government/policy?

· Based on what you learned from this week’s resources, what impact has social media had on government, politics, and activism? Where has social media had a positive impact? Where has it had a negative impact? 

Remember to use your own words and your best writing skills. You may include external sources in addition to the Week 5 resources, but be sure to cite your sources, and provide a corresponding reference list.

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Anderson, J., & Rainie, L. (2020, February 21). Many tech experts say digital disruption will hurt democracy. Pew Research Center.


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Barry, S. (2020, January 6). 5 ways technology will revolutionize government in the 2020’s. Nextgov. 


Birnbaum, E. (2021, January 2). Tech legislation to watch in 2021. Protocol. 

Carothers, T. (2015). Why technology hasn’t delivered more democracy. FP. 


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Dohse, D., & Lim, C. Y. (2018). “Bad neighborhood” and internet adoption in poor countries: What is behind the persistent digital gap? Growth &

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Elsayed-Ali, S. (2016, October 11). Five ways technology will shape the future of politics, society and human rights. Medium.


Greenpeace UK (2020). Do hashtags and petitions actually work? [Video]. YouTube. 

Im, K. (2021, July). Technology, government, and the law [PowerPoint Slides]. LEO @ UMGC.


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Molinari, A. (2011, August). Let’s bridge the digital divide! [Video]. TED Conferences. 

Schneier, B. (2019, November 12). We must bridge the gap between technology and policymaking. Our future depends on it. World Economic Forum.


United Nations (n.d.). Universal declaration of human rights

World 101 (2020, October 26). Forms of government [Video]. YouTube.