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Presenting the moral imperative: effective storytelling strategies by online campaigning organisations

There has been an international growth in online campaigning organizations that engage in public policy debate and mobilize citizens. Ariadne Vromen (University of Sydney), co-author with William Coleman of the paper Online Campaigning Organizations and Storytelling Strategies: GetUp! in Australia published in Policy and Internet, analyses how these organizations promote an innovative approach to storytelling and discursive politics, and how these stories are used to help citizens and decision makers identify with an issue, build community, and act in recognition of the moral urgency for political change.

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The global fight over copyright control: Is David beating Goliath at his own game?

In the past few years, many governments have attempted to curb online “piracy” by enforcing harsher copyright control upon Internet users. Yana Breindl and François Briatte discuss their Policy and Internet paper Digital Protest Skills and Online Activism Against Copyright Reform in France and the European Union, which explores how the introduction of harsher intellectual property regulations has resulted in intense online and offline collective action by skilled activists who have significantly altered the digital copyright policy field.

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How accessible are online legislative data archives to political scientists?

Despite the technical advances in Internet archival systems, websites commonly lack comprehensive and systematic data collection and retrieval processes. David Leal, University of Texas at Austin, discusses these issues in his recently-published study in Policy and Internet, co-authored with Taofang Huang, B.J. Lee, and Jill Strube, Assessing the Online Legislative Resources of the American States. It addresses the potential and problems that can be encountered when using U.S. state online legislative resources for political science research, and presents a tool for evaluating the feasibility of research projects.

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Online collective action and policy change: new special issue from Policy and Internet

Digital communication technologies are altering the interface between policy makers and social movements. Anastasia Kavada, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and Guest Editor (with Andrea Calderaro from the European University Institute) of the Special issue on “Online Collective action and Policy Change”, provides an introduction to the papers published in this issue, noting that the internet constitutes both a tool and an object of activism and policymaking.

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Did Libyan crisis mapping create usable military intelligence?

Policy and Internet author Steve Stottlemyre discusses how users of online social networks took the initiative in collecting and processing data for use in the rebellion against the Qadhafi regime during the Libyan civil war of February-October 2011. He describes how some of the information crowd-sourced by crisis mappers – whether they knew it or not – met the minimum requirements to be considered tactical military intelligence, in accordance with U.S. joint military intelligence doctrine.

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Uncovering the structure of online child exploitation networks

As the problem of child pornography online continues to grow, it has become imperative that law enforcement resources be allocated in the most efficient manner. Martin Bouchard of Simon Fraser University discusses the web-crawling tool he designed (with colleagues Bryce Westlake and Richard Frank) to automate the process of searching for child pornography websites, and to identify the ‘key players’ that should be prioritized by law enforcement agencies seeking to disrupt child exploitation networks.

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Searching for a “Plan B”: young adults’ strategies for finding information about emergency contraception online

Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University discusses her study, co-authored with Heather Young and published in the journal Policy and Internet, suggesting that despite the availability of quality health information on the Web, many young people are unable to find accurate information about important health matters online. Hargittai, E. and Young, H. (2012) Searching for a “Plan B”: Young Adults’ Strategies for Finding Information about Emergency Contraception Online. Policy and Internet 4 (2).

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The “IPP2012: Big Data, Big Challenges” conference explores the new research frontiers opened up by big data .. as well as its limitations

Recent years have seen an increasing buzz around how ‘Big Data’ can uncover patterns of human behaviour and help predict social trends. Most social activities today leave digital imprints that can be collected and stored in the form of large datasets of transactional data. Access to this data presents powerful and often unanticipated opportunities for […]

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eHealth: what is needed at the policy level? New special issue from Policy and Internet

Rik Crutzen of Maastricht University, Guest Editor (with Gordon Gao, of the University of Maryland) of Policy and Internet’s special issue on eHealth, discusses the policy insights of the papers published in the issue, which cover such issues as the effectiveness of national policies aimed at empowering users, patient trust in electronic health records, and user engagement with online health information.

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Public policy responses to cybercrime: a new special issue from Policy and Internet

Multidisciplinary approaches on the issues raised by cybercrime are actively being sought by policymaking communities. Stefan Fafinski, Research Fellow at Leeds University, and Guest Editor of Policy & Internet’s special issue on cybercrime introduces the papers published in the issue, discussing the problems that the abuse of networked technologies brings to society as a whole, and the range of possible policy approaches and responses.

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