JeDEM Vol 7, No 1 (2015) out now! – Social Media and Socio-Political Change

jedem logoThe 1st number of JeDEM 2015 presents our Special Issue on Social Media and Socio-Political Change from an Asian perspective. We are happy to present this issue in cooperation with guest editors Natalie Pang (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore Internet Research Centre) and Marko Skoric (City University, Hong Kong).

With the widespread adoption of social media in many Asian societies, these platforms are increasingly used in a variety of ways to promote civic and political aims but such uses are shaped by various stakeholders and contexts of use. In this special issue, four papers on Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China-Australia present highly contextualized assessments of the role of social media in civic and political life in Asia.

Additionally, the issue presents ongoing research paper submissions to JeDEM that made it through the double-blind peer review process.

Read the whole issue here!

PS: As authors, you can submit to one of the thematic calls, but also as “ongoing” submissions, that is, not in response to a specific call. We are looking forward to your submissions! If you are intersted in becoming a reviewer for our journal, please do not hesitate to contact the managing editor.

CeDEM goes to Asia

The Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government is proud to present its first spin-off conference in Asia – Singapore. The conference in Singapore focuses on social and mobile media and their use and impact on governance. CeDEM-Asia-2012 takes place in Orchard Parade Hotel on 14 and 15 of November.

Conference Programme

14 November 2012

Opening Speeches: Nojin Kwak, Peter Parycek and Marko Skoric, Conference Chairs

Keynote: New Media & Good Governance: What Goes, What Stays
Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Chief of Government Communications, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, Government of Singapore

Workshop: Open Network, Closed Society: New Media Challenges to the Singapore Government

Convenor: Arun Mahizhnan, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
The Internet has allowed bloggers and civil society to press for more openness and accountability a Singapore government more used to a compliant media and society. How will – and can – the government manage this new demanding environment?

Research Papers

  • Tweeting Vertically? Elected Officials’ Interactions with Citizens on Twitter (Jahna Otterbacher, Libby Hemphill, & Matthew Shapiro)
  • Do social media affect public discourses? A sentiment analysis of political tweets during the French Presidential Election campaign (Steve Schwarzer, Leendert De Voogd, Pascal Chelala)
  • State Governors on Social Media: Reciprocity and Homophily in Twitter Networks (Jameson McFarlane, Siddharth Kaza)
  • Is there a business case for governments using social and mobile media? Exploratory evidence from the UK and USA (Jeremy Millard)
  • E-Government Engagement and the Digital Divide (Julie Freeman)
  • Nazis v Paedophiles: The power of the metaphor in Internet regulation (Sebastian John Chesney Dixon)