Tag Archives: Government

Twitter as a political tool

The announcement of Twitter’s anticipated IPO has the business and social media worlds buzzing. Agence France-Presse used the announcement to take an in-depth look at the impact the microblogging site has had in politics. The news agency interviewed me Friday … Continue reading

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“VCU votes” campaign wins communication award

The “VCU votes” campaign to turn out the student vote at VCU during the 2012 presidential election has been recognized with a Democracy Cup Award. The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) honored the project run by 15 VCU honors students … Continue reading

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With #my2k against the fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama has asked his supporters to use the new “#my2k” hashtag on Twitter to weigh in on the negotiations on the fiscal cliff. In hope to put extra pressure on Republicans in the negotiations, the social media campaign … Continue reading

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Brain drain? German scientists in the U.S.

The German government and several scientific foundations are attempting to reverse the so called “brain drain” and convince German scientists in the U.S. to come back home. I was recently interviewed by Stefan Koch, Washington correspondent of Madsack Media Group, … Continue reading

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Legal battle to protect the Facebook “Like”

An appeals court in Richmond is considering whether a Facebook “Like” is protected speech under the U.S. Constitution. A district court had ruled earlier this year that the “Like” is not protected. A sheriff’s officer had “liked” the Facebook page … Continue reading

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VP announcement via mobile app

It seems like the next stage for announcing a vice-presidential pick. After Barack Obama’s campaign announced Joe Biden’s selection via text message in 2008, Mitt Romney will now turn to a mobile app. The app “Mitt’s VP” will be the … Continue reading

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VCU Social Media Institute to design nonprofit campaigns

The VCU Social Media Institute will shortly begin its third year. College students from Iraq and Virginia Commonwealth University will work in project teams for four weeks to design and implement social media campaigns for 10 nonprofit organizations in the … Continue reading

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Is a Facebook “like” protected speech?

A ruling by a U.S. District Judge in Virginia brings expressions on social networks to the forefront of the legal debate. The court ruling determined that a Facebook “like” cannot be considered protected speech. The case was about workers in … Continue reading

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How much should governments regulate the Internet?

The question of how much influence governments should have over Internet regulation is as old as the medium itself. In Singapore, the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has asked the Internet community to create a code of conduct … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

As previous studies with my research partner Marcia DiStaso from Penn State University have shown, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia can have a strong influence on how a company’s reputation is framed online. Our latest study, which was just published in … Continue reading

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