Why We Engage: How Theories of Human Behavior Contribute to Our Understanding of Civic Engagement in a Digital Era

We present this literature review as a means of exploring the intersection of theories of human behavior with the motivations for and benefits of engaging in civic life. We bring together literature from behavioral economics, sociology, psychology and communication studies to reveal how civic actors, institutions, and decision-making processes have been traditionally understood, and how emerging media tools and practices are forcing their reconsideration.

  • Eric Gordon
  • Jesse Baldwin-Philippi
  • Martina Balestra

27 Oct 2013

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Guide on Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies - Print & PDF Editions

Since 2011, with input and feedback from colleagues around the world, Stuart Shieber and Peter Suber have been developing recommendations for university policies on open access to faculty research. They released the first edition of their guide during Open Access Week 2012, and they've spent the year since then steadily enlarging and improving it.

Meet members of the 2013-2014 Berkman Community: Jeff Young and Sonia Livingstone

This week we are featuring our first installation of a series of interviews showcasing individuals in the 2013-2014 Berkman community. Conducted by our 2013 summer Berkterns, the mini-series highlights the unique and multidisciplinary group of people within the Berkman community exploring the many dimensions of cyberspace.

Oct 22 2013 12:30pm to Oct 22 2013 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

The New Nollywood

Aimee Corrigan, Nollywood Workshops/Berkman Center & Colin Maclay, Berkman Center

As Nigeria’s most popular entertainment platform, Nollywood is positioned as an extraordinary vehicle for engaging content. Nollywood filmmakers are confronting their society’s critical and controversial issues – including health and corruption. The widespread viewing of Nollywood films speaks to their ability to culturally connect with hundreds of millions of people. Nollywood’s massive and engaged audience is the envy of filmmakers around the world.

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Shaw and Benkler win Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics from the APSA

Berkman fellow Aaron Shaw and faculty member Yochai Benkler have won the Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics published in 2012 from the American Political Science Association for their paper A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right.

Oct 15 2013 12:30pm to Oct 15 2013 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

Getting from No to Go: Social Media-Fueled Protest Style From Arab Spring to Gezi Protests in Turkey

Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and faculty associate at Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Last few years witnessed a wave of protests around the world. Now that we have a number of case studies, what are the lessons we can draw? How does social media impact the capacity for collective action?

Oct 7 2013 6:00pm to Oct 7 2013 6:00pm

A Global Research Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Worldwide, children’s digital access and literacy is growing apace. Yet many of the creative, informative, interactive and participatory features of the digital environment remain substantially underused, and this is a particular challenge in lower-income countries and among socially excluded children. Drawing on the framework of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, this discussion will critically examine the state of play regarding children’s rights in the digital age in order to identify the research and policy priorities.

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New Report from UNICEF: A Global Research Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Worldwide, children’s digital activities and opportunities are growing at an exponential rate. Yet many of the creative, informative, interactive and participatory features of the digital environment remain substantially underused, especially in lower-income countries and among the most marginalized children. A new report from Berkman Fellow Sonia Livingstone and Dr. Monica Bulger explores these issues.

Open Call for Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2014-2015

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has opened our yearly call for fellowship applications. This opportunity is for those who wish to spend the 2014-2015 academic year in residence in Cambridge, MA as part of Berkman's community of pioneers, and who seek to deeply engage in the collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral exploration of some of the Internet's most interesting, challenging, and compelling issues. Applications will be accepted through December 8, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

HLS students: Teach copyright next spring!

Become a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX 2014

CopyrightX is seeking HLS students to serve as Teaching Fellows for its Spring 2014 run. This is an excellent opportunity to engage more deeply with copyright and gain teaching experience. Teaching Fellows will receive three credits (two classroom credits & one writing credit) through the course Teaching Copyright, also taught by Professor Fisher in Spring 2014.

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