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Civic Engagement in the Digital Age: Emerging Technology for Democracy and Social Benefit

Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS); Director, Data and Democracy, CITRIS @ UC Berkeley
  • Civic Engagement in the Digital Age: Emerging Technology for Democracy and Social Benefit
  • 2014-03-13T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2014-03-13T13:00:00-07:00
  • Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS); Director, Data and Democracy, CITRIS @ UC Berkeley
When
Mar 13, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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(916) 445-5100
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The growth of online resources and tools has encouraged development of new means for engaging the public in decisions that affect them. Possibilities range from communicating with elected officials through social media to expanding peer-to-peer networks for local decision-making and investments. This talk will examine the opportunities that new technology offers to elected officials and public agencies, and describe several new tools developed at the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. We will also discuss issues of the “digital divide,” consider which voices may be omitted from the online conversation, and explore ways to overcome these barriers to participation.

Camille Crittenden joined the Data and Democracy Initiative as Director in May 2012 and was named Deputy Director of CITRIS in May 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where she was responsible for overall administration of the Center, including fundraising, communications, and outreach, and helped to develop its program in human rights, technology, and new media. She held previous positions as Assistant Dean for Development in the division of International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley and in development and public relations at University of California Press and San Francisco Opera. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

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