CeDEM Asia 2016, Day 2, Morning Sessions

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Manuela G. Hartwig: Communication about climate change during COP21 on Twitter in Germany and Japan

The “Climategate” controversy lead to higher criticism and awareness about climate change scepticism and climate change denial. The project looks at what the local twitter contexts of climate change could tell us about the cultural contexts and understanding of climate change. The mass or major news media seem to dominate the discussion on Germany. There are also more ironic and local statements in Germany. In Japan we find a strong anti-nuclear sentiment and climate change acknowledgement. A sentiment analysis of the term “Klimawandel” showed that Japanese tweets are richer in content.

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Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki Tweeting for the Youth Vote: Japanese Political Party Twitter Use in the July 2016 Upper House Election

The ruling coalition need a two thirds majority in order to effect change. What are the similarities and differences among the political parties in terms of using Twitter for mobilization? The project is based on tweets collection of official Twitter accounts. (Apart from the Communist party with 11 accounts, every party had one account. 🙂 )

Maurice Vergeer: The real and the virtual. How societal, political and media events leave traces in Twitter streams during an election campaigning.

Based on the theory of agenda setting (salience, attention and prominence), the project looks at the TV, newspaper and Twitter agendas (intermedia agendas). The political landscape in the Netherlands consisted of 20 parties for the investigated campaign. 10 parties are already in parliament, where there is always a coalition. Looking at visibility of parties in different media, it is shown that the closer election date is coming, the more parties are on TV. Also small parties get attention on TV. In newspaper, we find less equalisation but more mobilisation. Agenda setting seems to apply to political party visibility on diferent media platforms. It is suggested that traditional mass media is still a major source of information for people. However, content would have to include more political issues and go beyond party visibility.
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Ahmed Eraky: E-Voting implementation in Egypt

Egypt is ranked 80 in 2014 in the e-government ranking. The presentation went over the reasons for e-voting and addressed success factors for the implementation in egypt. Two main factors are IT literacy and technical quality. A survey analysing those factors found that e-voting implementation is correlated to leadership and trust in government, but not significantly related to factors like trust in government. The study found that trusted leadership is one of the most important factors that will positively influence e-voting system implementation. Corresponding strategies for governments were recommended.
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2nd Sessions

Dal Yong Jin: Civic Engagement in the Smartphone Era: corporate sphere vs. public sphere

Like everywhere else, we can observe the rise of the smartphone in Korea, and smartphones have been studied in relation to civic engagement and movements, and their role has been seen controversial. A survey research was conducted in December 2014 in the context oft he Terminal Act, which was opposed by civic organisations. Those demanded the revision of the Act, because the original plan was discarded due to Samsung’s lobby. (#Dantongbup – The Terminal Act – trended on Twitter from September 2014). as of January 20, 12.8% have Twitter accounts, and those users mostly live in the Seoul and Busan metro area. The civic engagement surrounding the Act suggests that consumers as citizens posess potential power, but citizens do not always use their power.

Junku Lee: Social network analysis of the influence of participation in the international environmental regime: The Twitter network of participating NGOs in Germany, Japan and Republic of Korea in COP21

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As a country-singled solution is not appropriate for climate issues, analyzing the international environmental regime is important. The network and retweet network of NGO’s who participated in COP21 was analyzed. There were 71 accounts in Germany, 16 in Japan, and 9 in Korea. After COP21 there is a bigger network, also in terms of centralization and nodes there were differences.

Arif Budy Pratama: Local Government Image in the Virtual World: A Case Study on Jakarta Provincial Government Official YouTube Videos

The purpose of the study was to explore the online perception of government image. Public perception will shape image and reputation on public organizations. The typology model offers alternative ways to assess government image. There are 4 types of local government images that have been identified as an alternative framework. Further research is needed to determine the role of YouTub in shaping local government image.
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Sun Sun Lee: Mapping socia economy networks self‐organized on social media: Evidence from Facebook Groups of Korea Public Administrators, CEOs, and Scholars

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Does social enterprise reach its final development? The project analyzed the social economy network based on Facebook group network. Famous activists in the social enterprise are were identiefied. People participated in the network to get information, especially how to establish social organisations.

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