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Iron Law 2.0 – Digital Democracy or Hierarchy?

On  Wednesday, September 12th at noon, I’ll be speaking in Chapel Hill at  UNC’s Carroll Hall’s Freedom Forum Conference Center in a talk sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Sociology. I’ll be talking about my latest research project: Does digital technology enable social movement organizations to be more democratic?  In the [...]

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Farmworker Organizer Dies But Her Work Lives On

Joan Papert Preiss,  1925-2012 In the fall of 1987, I was taking a Duke Public Policy leadership class and called Joan Preiss to ask her if I could do a student internship with the Triangle Friends of the United Farmworkers (TFUFW) as part of my coursework. I had just finished a life-changing summer internship in Belle Glade, [...]

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I’m on the Wall for being at the Mall

The Governments’ Digital Pictures of Protesters is not a Pretty Picture for Democracy I should be in court this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well, I am in a way, even though I’m writing this from Oakland, California. No, this isn’t science fiction or schizophrenia. It’s all about a sociogram. What’s that, you say? Let [...]

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