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Civic engagement in politics and public affairs lies at the heart of participatory models of democracy [26]. Prior studies have found that politically interested citizens use information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate and sometimes augment their political and civic engagement [17][8][29][15] [16][34][22][21]. In the areas of political(More)
Voluntary associations serve crucial roles in local communities and within our larger democratic society. They aggregate shared interests, collective will, and cultivate civic competencies that nurture democratic participation. People active in multiple local groups frequently act as opinion leaders and create ''weak'' social ties across groups. In(More)
Many proposed technological solutions to emergency response during disasters involve the use of cellular telephone technology. However, cell phone networks quickly become saturated during and/or immediately after a disaster and remain saturated for critical periods. In this study, we investigated cell phone use by Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff(More)
Prior research has demonstrated that a citizens' socioeconomic status is a significant determinant of the extent of citizen involvement via ICT [18]. Others have focused on its impact on civic engagement in terms of community group impacts, finding that such groups play an important role in increasing citizen involvement within democratic processes [8].(More)
The purpose of this research is to develop a new model beyond e-Government in Korea where has been accomplish rank number one in the UN e-Government Survey three times consecutively. Even though there are astonishing achievements of Korean government in e-Government initiatives, the next or the future competency of Korean Government seems not to be(More)
Alternative systems ranging from self-organized skill sharing to alternative micro-economies have been critical channels of community engagement and bonding. Technology is increasingly playing a role in the way people connect to these services at the (hyper)local level. While there has been considerable research on designing technology to support(More)
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