Digital democracy, the impact of social media on politics.
The rise of social media has greatly influenced politics in the past few years. On one hand new media and digital technologies provide new ways for participation and interaction between politicians and citizens. On the other hand this also gives rise to new challenges.
In my work I have been investigating these new developments and their impact.
This article was published in: In ‘t Veld, R. (red.): ‘Knowledge democracy. Consequences for Science, Politics and Media’. Heidelberg: Springer.
My book (in Dutch)
Veel gekwetter, weinig wol (2011),
about the use of social media by governments and politicians, based on two years of research of Twitter, Hyves (Facebook) and Government 2.0 initiatives in the Netherlands and successful campaigns such as Obama 2008.