Social Media is Slowly Changing the Demographics of Political Engagement

first_imgTraditionally, political participation has always been highly correlated with income and education. According to a new report (PDF), this is still holds true for those who participate in political activities online. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, online users with a higher income are still far more likely to participate in political activities online than those with lower incomes. At the same time, though, the Pew study also sees some hints that new forms of civic engagement through social media services could soon change this pattern.According to this report, 31% of all users on social networking sites engage in some activity “with a civic or political focus.” Pew defines this category very broadly, though, and includes relatively simple activities like ‘friending’ a political candidate as an “activity with political focus.” In total, about 10% of all internet users have used social networks for this kind of political activity. A far more interesting statistic is that 15% of all Internet users have left comments on websites about political or social issues, or posted images or written blog posts related to politics or social issues. What is even more interesting, though not surprising, is that young adults between 18 and 29 are far more likely to use social networks as a venue for political and civic engagement than older users. These younger users who engage in political activity online are also far more likely to participate in politics offline. Social Media Might Level the Playing FieldSocial media is mostly the domain of younger Internet users and while young adults (18-24) are, as a group, less interested in political activities online, they are far more likely than any other group to use blogs and social networking sites to engage in political discussions. About 34% of young adults make political use of social networking sites and 34% post political material on the Internet. Users under 35 represent 72% of those users who make political use of social networks. In addition, the income and education gap for those who engage in political activities on social networks is far less pronounced when compared to those who use other forums. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#politics#Trends#web Related Posts Will These Trends Continue?What will be interesting to watch, the Pew study points out, is how these younger users will use these existing networks as they get older. It will also be interesting to see if these developments will mean that socio-economic status will become less of an indicator of civic engagement, or if these new technologies will create new barriers of entry for those with a lower income and education level. Given that the US just experienced a highly contested election cycle and is in the middle of a heated debate about health care right now, we have to wonder, though, if these numbers will continue to hold true over the next few years or if they were just a blip on the radar. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Second-Largest App Store Gets Plenty Large Investment

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web GetJar, the world’s second-largest applications store, just announced a series B funding of $11 million from Accel Partners. Second in volume only to Apple’s app store, GetJar has seen over a billion downloads of 65,000 applications. Its focus on cross-platform sales (iPhone apps included) has positioned it to take advantage of the burgeoning app war between Apple and Google. Drew Ianni, former chairman of ad:tech and founder of AppNation (where GetJar CEO Ilja Laurs will be giving the inaugural keynote), believes the investment to be a good indication that growth in app adoption is likely to continue.“(T)he rare exclusive, all-in investment of a first-tier, high-caliber VC firm such as Accel only further validates the long-term market opportunity that GetJar, and the app economy as a whole, represent.”The investment, said Laurs, will be used “for aggressive global expansion and product development.” It intends to expand its offerings for open smart phone platforms like Android, Blackberry and Symbian.“In the past year, GetJar has tripled the number of employees, quadrupled the number of downloads per month, signed partnerships with key players such as Sprint and maintained its profitability despite a challenging economic environment.”Accel’s other Web investments have included Admob, Baidu, ComScore, Etsy, Facebook, Macromedia, Real Networks and Zimbra. Related Posts curt hopkinscenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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San Antonio lines up $8 million in 2017 smart city projects

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Digital Divide#IoT#San Antonio#Smart Cities#smart city How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… San Antonio is ramping up its smart city efforts in 2017 with a focus on digital services, transportation, and sustainability.The Texas city is earmarking $8 million in its 2017 budget for nine smart city projects.This is a result of the city’s decision in 2016 to escalate from trial projects to aligning tech projects with its broader organizational missions.San Antonio’s smart city framework was a product of its larger innovation-focused strategy SA Tomorrow.Out of that strategy, the city chose to focus its smart city efforts on transportation and environmental sustainability. As well, its smart city projects will enhance “digital connected living” which seeks to fight the digital divide and boost the amount of digital city services.The digital living aspect is emblematic of the growing trend of city governments around the world that are working to improve citizen experiences.“We didn’t want another smart city plan that was just going to sit on the shelf,” said San Antonio Chief Innovation Officer Jose De La Cruz. “We wanted to ensure there was going to be action behind it and so aligning it with our planning efforts looking into the future made the most sense. The construct of those plans really came from the community input we received.”San Antonio’s rapid growth is the fuel Donal Powercenter_img Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …last_img read more

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Maintain law and order, Supreme Court tells Punjab, Haryana

first_imgEven as Punjab denied any liability on its part to share water with Haryana, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stood firm by its decision to construct the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal and urged the neighbouring States to maintain law and order at any cost. A Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy raised concern about violence after reports that the Indian National Lok Dal, Haryana’s main opposition party, had asked its workers to gather on Thursday at Ambala and march inside Punjab to start digging the SYL canal.Status quoThe Supreme Court’s call for status quo in the inter-State water dispute came amidst Punjab’s affidavit that the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Act of 2004 was still in force. It argued that a recent Supreme Court verdict that declared the 2004 Act as unconstitutional was only an opinion given by the court on a presidential reference and not a verdict as such to be complied as law.Haryana, represented by senior advocate Shyam Divan, submitted that the verdict allowing the SYL canal to be built has to be executed.The court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, for the Centre, that the Union government should don the role of an arbitrator if both sides were willing to settle their dispute amicably.last_img read more

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CRS begins probe into Kolkata Metro accident

first_imgTwo days after a passenger died in an accident inside the Kolkata Metro, Commissioner of Railway Safety (Metro Circle) G.P. Garg on Monday started a probe into the incident. Mr. Garg visited the Park Street metro station and also inspected the rake which was involved in the accident.On June 13, 66-year-old Sajal Kumar Kanjilal died when his hand got struck in the Kavi Subhas-bound rake at the Park Street metro station. His body was hanging outside the train as it left the platform and ran several metres into the tunnel. Mr. Kanjilal fell on the tracks after the train stopped and was declared dead when taken to a hospital.The Kolkata Police has registered a case at the Shakespeare Sarani police station where charges have been pressed under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence). “A detailed investigation will be done. All the technical features and safety features will be looked into,” Mr. Garg said. The newly inducted rake which was involved in the accident has been withdrawn from operation. Failure of sensorsQuestions are being raised over the alleged failure of the sensors on the metro rake door which allow it to open when anything comes in-between. Subhas Ranjan Thakur, an expert on railways, said the accident was clearly a result of door-sensor malfunctioning. “It is a freak incident when one in a million times technology fails,” Mr. Thakur said.last_img read more

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Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 to reach Champions League quarters Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Read Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of officiating.NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving After Boston’s 123-120 loss to Houston on Saturday, Smart said Rockets guard James Harden is among those who receive favorable treatment from referees.Smart told the Boston Globe that “certain players” get “calls that other guys just wouldn’t get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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PBA D-League: Cignal-Ateneo destroys McDavid by 75 points

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Maodo Malick Diouf bullied his way to 22 points, 10 coming in the final frame, and 19 rebounds.“We just got to be ready for every situation. Marinero was able to catch up and get the lead, but we’re able to regroup, kept our poise, and played defense. That’s what has been keeping us to where we are,” said CEU head coach Derrick Pumaren.The Scorpions held a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter before it broke the game wide open in the fourth period behind Diouf.Angelo Kouame and Thirdy Ravena each scored 16 points while Mike Nieto added 11 for Ateneo, which rolled to its sixth victory in seven stints.Marlon Monte had 11 points for McDavid (1-5), which trailed, 90-28, after three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles opened the game with a 31-5 lead and continued to pounce on their lowly foes up to the final buzzer.Ateneo’s 75-point rout fell just a point short from matching the D-League mark of the biggest winning margin set by Tanduay in a 141-65 thrashing of Zark’s Burger two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcDavid, however, managed to break a league record for all the wrong reasons as the squad’s 31 points were the fewest points scored by a team in a single game.In the other game, Centro Escolar University got going late to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 93-76, and stay undefeated at 6-0. Go for Gold riders brace for 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img McDavid scored only three points in the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It took Cignal-Ateneo just one quarter to put McDavid away en route to a 106-31 dismantling that nearly set a PBA D-League record Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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Dattatreya to take oath as Himachal Governor on Sep 5

first_imgHyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya will take oath as the governor of Himachal Pradesh on September 5. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told reporters here on Monday that he will leave for Himachal Pradesh on September 4 and will take oath as Governor the next day. He was speaking after performing ‘puja’ at the famous Ganesh idol at Khariratabad here. The 61-feet idol is the tallest among the idols installed in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ One of the new Governors appointed for five states by the Centre on Sunday, Dattatreya thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for reposing confidence in him. The 72-year-old was elected to Lok Sabha for four terms from Secunderabad constituency here. He served as Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and also in earlier Modi government. Dattatreya, who was dropped from the ministry in 2017, was also denied ticket in the recent elections.last_img read more

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