Social media is increasingly playing a powerful role in how every day citizens engage with both local and national civic activities. Through ongoing collaborations with the City of Seattle we have been exploring how tools for citizen journalism may increase youth citizen engagement. Across several studies, we have examined how citizens, news media, governments, and criminals use social media in the Mexican Drug War. Most recently, we are applying lessons learned to develop a tool for fostering civic communities at the hyperlocal level.
Munmun De Choudhury, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, and Gloria Mark (2014). "Narco" Emotions: Affect and Desensitization in Social Media during the Mexican Drug War. ACM.
Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Shelly Farnham, Emre Kiciman, Munmun De Choudhury, and Scott Counts (2013). Smart societies: from citizens as sensors to collective action. ACM.
Yuheng Hu, Shelly Farnham, and Andres Monroy-Hernandez (2013). Whoo.ly: Facilitating Information Seeking For Hyperlocal Communities Using Social Media. ACM Sig CHI 2013.
Andres Monroy-Hernandez, danah boyd, Emre Kıcıman, Munmun De Choudhury, and Scott Counts (2013). The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.
Shelly D. Farnham, David Keyes, Vicky Yuki, and Chris Tugwell (2013). Modeling Youth Civic Engagement in a New World of Networked Publics. AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.
Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Emre Kıcıman, danah boyd, and Scott Counts (2012). Tweeting the Drug War: Empowerment, Intimidation, and Regulation in Social Media. Human Computer Interaction International Conference.
Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Emre Kıcıman, danah boyd, and Scott Counts (2012). "Narcotweets": Social Media in Wartime. American Association for Artificial Intelligence .
Shelly D. Farnham, David Keyes, Vicky Yuki, and Chris Tugwell (2012). Puget Sound Off: Fostering Youth Civic Engagement through Citizen Journalism in a Local Community Context. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.