Tag Archives: Government

Social media supervision on the job

A state government department in Maryland has asked job applicants for their Facebook usernames and passwords. While questions about marital status and family background are generally off limits during job interviews, this trend raises many privacy concerns. At the same … Continue reading

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Why “Kony 2012″ went viral

An online campaign can hardly be more effective than the one of Invisible Children. This week, the nonprofit published an online documentary video on the abductions and mass murder of children in Uganda that went viral and brought attention to … Continue reading

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Online protests for freedom of speech on the Internet

The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation has not only triggered protests by new media companies, but it has also led to a widespread social media campaign that is likely to stall the bills in both houses of the U.S. Congress. … Continue reading

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The battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley

The legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress to fight online piracy abroad have caused unprecedented protests by new media companies and organizations this week. The one-day shutdown of Wikipedia and highly publicized protest of Google, Facebook, Twitter and other websites … Continue reading

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Tweets on C-SPAN

Traditional news media are increasingly using social media in their news reporting. Our recent study on newspaper reporting patterns has stressed this trend. But C-SPAN has now incorporated congressional Twitter feeds into its programming. During breaks between political debates, the … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera and the Arab Spring

Kimberly Halkett, anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera, will speak at VCU’s School of Mass Communications and give an overview on the Arab Spring, the rise of Al Jazeera as well as her work on Capitol Hill in Washington. I … Continue reading

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Social media and the 2012 presidential campaign

President Barack Obama and the Republican field of candidates are putting their social media campaigns in place for the 2012 presidential race. Republicans recently announced that they will be ready to play social media this time around, and President Obama … Continue reading

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Social media fire up “Occupy” movement

“Occupy Wall Street” in New York has developed into a worldwide protest movement during the last few days. As with many other street protests in recent years, social media played a central role in promoting and organizing the movement. Reporter … Continue reading

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PR firms and the presidential election in Egypt

As Egypt prepares for the first presidential election in the post-Mubarak era, candidates are seeking the advice of public relations firms to craft their campaigns and public images. Business Today Egypt reporter Randa El Tahawy interviewed me recently on the … Continue reading

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Social media and the city

The City of Richmond awarded a marketing contract to a company in Denver and subsequently upset one of the local bidders, David Saunders from Madison+Main. In a social media blitz, Saunders caused widespread media coverage and an uproar within the … Continue reading

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