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.
Hu, Y., Farnham, S. , Monroy-Hernández, A. (2013). Whoo.ly: Facilitating Information Seeking For Hyperlocal Communities Using Social Media. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). Best paper honorable mention.
Monroy-Hernández, A., boyd, d., Kıcıman, E., De Choudhury, M., Counts, S. (2013). The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare, CSCW, 2013
Monroy-Hernández, A., Kıcıman, E., boyd, d., Counts, S. (2012). Tweeting the Drug War: Empowerment, Intimidation, and Regulation in Social Media, HCIC, 2012
Monroy-Hernández, A., Kiciman, E., boyd, danah, and Counts, S. (2012). Narcotweets: Social Media in Wartime. Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.
Farnham, S.D., Keyes, D., Yuki, V., Tugwell, C. (2012). Puget Sound Off: Fostering youth civic engagement through citizen journalism. In Proceedings of CSCW 2012, ACM Press.