Digital Democracy

April 4, 2010

For the Internet Superpower season on the World Service I produced five pieces which ran across radio news programmes on the broad theme of Digital Democracy. I’ve included one of the features below. It looks, as far as is possible in about 5 minutes, at social media and influence – in particular the way companies and governments are attempting to use online social networks to monitor and, in some cases, change our beliefs and behaviour. (I’d mentally slugged the piece “The Hidden Persuaders” as a tribute to Vance Packard’s book of the same name)

Some of the pieces were also written up online:
US calls for ‘YouTube’ of government data
Web inventor calls for government data transparency
Activists turn ‘hacktivists’ on the web