Examining the Roles of IT and Social Media in Democratic Development and Social Change Book

Examining the Roles of IT and Social Media in Democratic Development and Social Change


  • Author : Kumar, Vikas
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2019-11-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799817932

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Examining the Roles of IT and Social Media in Democratic Development and Social Change Excerpt :

Social media has emerged as a powerful tool that reaches a wide audience with minimum time and effort. It has a diverse role in society and human life and can boost the visibility of information that allows citizens the ability to play a vital role in creating and fostering social change. This practice can have both positive and negative consequences on society. Examining the Roles of IT and Social Media in Democratic Development and Social Change is a collection of innovative research on the methods and applications of social media within community development and democracy. While highlighting topics including information capitalism, ethical issues, and e-governance, this book is ideally designed for social workers, politicians, public administrators, sociologists, journalists, policymakers, government administrators, academicians, researchers, and students seeking current research on social advancement and change through social media and technology.

Internet Censorship and Regulation Systems in Democracies  Emerging Research and Opportunities Book

Internet Censorship and Regulation Systems in Democracies Emerging Research and Opportunities


  • Author : Koumartzis, Nikolaos
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-05-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781522599753

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Internet Censorship and Regulation Systems in Democracies Emerging Research and Opportunities Excerpt :

As the internet has been regulated from its conception, many widespread beliefs regarding internet freedom are actually misconceptions. Additionally, there are already two main categories of internet regulation systems in use: the open and the silent IRSs. Unexpectedly, the former are quite popular among authoritarian regimes, while the latter are implemented mainly in Western democracies. Many IT experts and media analysts criticize Western governments? choice to use a silent IRS, expressing their fear that this could set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the democratic countries around the world. New regulation systems must be developed and implemented that are more acceptable to the general public. Internet Censorship and Regulation Systems in Democracies: Emerging Research and Opportunities is an essential reference source that discusses the phenomenon of internet regulation in general and the use of internet regulation systems (IRSs) by authoritarian regimes and Western democracies and proposes a blueprint for the development and implementation of a fair internet regulation system (FIRS). using original research conducted in seven countries from 2008 to 2017. The book also considers the function of a fair internet regulation system in terms of maximizing its effectiveness, keeping the implementation cost low, and increasing the probability of acceptance by each country?s general public. Featuring research on topics such as governmental control, online filtering, and public opinion, this book is ideally designed for researchers, policymakers, government officials, practitioners, academicians, and students seeking coverage on modern internet censorship policies within various international democracies.

Research Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change Book

Research Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change


  • Author : Management Association, Information Resources
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2021-11-26
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 1611
  • ISBN 10 : 9781668437070

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Research Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change Excerpt :

Activism and the role everyday people play in making a change in society are increasingly popular topics in the world right now, especially as younger generations begin to speak out. From traditional protests to activities on college campuses, to the use of social media, more individuals are finding accessible platforms with which to share their views and become more actively involved in politics and social welfare. With the emergence of new technologies and a spotlight on important social issues, people are able to become more involved in society than ever before as they fight for what they believe. It is essential to consider the recent trends, technologies, and movements in order to understand where society is headed in the future. The Research Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change examines a plethora of innovative research surrounding social change and the various ways citizens are involved in shaping society. Covering topics such as accountability, social media, voter turnout, and leadership, it is an ideal work for activists, sociologists, social workers, politicians, public administrators, sociologists, journalists, policymakers, social media analysts, government administrators, academicians, researchers, practitioners, and students.

Redefining Theory and Practice to Guide Social Transformation  Emerging Research and Opportunities Book

Redefining Theory and Practice to Guide Social Transformation Emerging Research and Opportunities


  • Author : Fisher-Yoshida, Beth
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-12-25
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799866299

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Redefining Theory and Practice to Guide Social Transformation Emerging Research and Opportunities Excerpt :

The application of theory to practice in addressing social transformation still has a lot of room for growth and improvement. This is also true of theory being informed by practice. Too often, there are gaps between what is studied in the academy and what is needed in the field. The academy develops theories in isolation from the everyday lives of people, especially in post-conflict environments. Communities seeking innovative ways to address their social needs can benefit from the learning of theories and research conducted within academia. At the same time, these methods need to be relevant to the local contexts within which they are being used. While there are certain norms of communication in the academy of how research is conducted and disseminated, there needs to be a translation into practical terms to be used in the field. Redefining Theory and Practice to Guide Social Transformation: Emerging Research and Opportunities addresses the need practitioners and social change agents have in finding processes and practices to use in the field to engage with and transform communities. This critical reference book provides an innovative fieldwork method that leads to social transformation and suggests ways to further develop the relationship between academic theories and practices around social conflicts with the existing local knowledge. The chapters include mini case studies that have been developed over the years from the authors’ work with youth and community leaders with the objective of providing a methodology that allows practitioners to approach the field by engaging with local actors in ways that are generative and trustworthy, yet rigorous. While highlighting the practices, notions, and technologies that are at work in conflict, post-conflict, or transitioning out of conflict settings by local community leaders, this book is ideally for practitioners in the field of conflict, peacebuilding, and social and conflict transformation; community leaders and soc

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa Book

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa


  • Author : Gedion Onyango
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-12-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 718
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000513943

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Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa Excerpt :

This Handbook provides an authoritative and foundational disciplinary overview of African Public Policy and a comprehensive examination of the practicalities of policy analysis, policymaking processes, implementation, and administration in Africa today. The book assembles a multidisciplinary team of distinguished and upcoming Africanist scholars, practitioners, researchers and policy experts working inside and outside Africa to analyse the historical and emerging policy issues in 21st-century Africa. While mostly attentive to comparative public policy in Africa, this book attempts to address some of the following pertinent questions: • How can public policy be understood and taught in Africa? • How does policymaking occur in unstable political contexts, or in states under pressure? • Has the democratisation of governing systems improved policy processes in Africa? • How have recent transformations, such as technological proliferation in Africa, impacted public policy processes? • What are the underlying challenges and potential policy paths for Africa going forward? The contributions examine an interplay of prevailing institutional, political, structural challenges and opportunities for policy effectiveness to discern striking commonalities and trajectories across different African states. This is a valuable resource for practitioners, politicians, researchers, university students, and academics interested in studying and understanding how African countries are governed.

Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Social Innovation Book

Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Social Innovation


  • Author : Weerakoon, Chamindika
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-12-25
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799845898

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Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Social Innovation Excerpt :

Social innovation is identified as a mechanism response to burning social challenges and the evolution of hybrid organizations such as social enterprises. As a result, there is an overwhelming growing interest among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to know more about the significant concept of social innovation. Despite this significance, it is often argued that the meaning of social innovation is ambiguous and vague with theory lagging social innovation practice as the field is nascent, emerging, and remains underdeveloped. This may impede the research endeavors of conceptualizing and establishing its socio-economic underpinnings and the legitimization of the field. Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Social Innovation illuminates and consolidates multiple views of social innovation theory, research, and practice, which to date have not been presented in one publication. The book provides an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding coupled with an assessment of the current research in multidisciplinary perspectives complemented by case studies representing each knowledge cluster in social innovation research. In this unique way, this book links theory to practice demonstrating praxis. While highlighting topics such as social enterprise, urban studies, management, ecological resilience, and social policy and networks, this book is ideal for students, academics, practitioners, researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to expand their knowledge, skills, and passion, and to sustainably pursue their social missions to bring about real social change that can transform communities and ignite innovative approaches to solving social challenges.

4C ID Model and Cognitive Approaches to Instructional Design and Technology  Emerging Research and Opportunities Book

4C ID Model and Cognitive Approaches to Instructional Design and Technology Emerging Research and Opportunities


  • Author : de Miranda, Guilhermina Maria Lobato Ferreira
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-12-18
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799840978

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4C ID Model and Cognitive Approaches to Instructional Design and Technology Emerging Research and Opportunities Excerpt :

There has been an evolution of the explanations on the results of research on human learning and how digital technologies have supported the design of more efficient learning environments. Previous theories such as Richard Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia learning and John Sweller’s cognitive load theory have gained signification attention and remain the two main theories within the multimedia learning field. However, there has not yet been a book compiled of several investigations on the specific 4C-ID model that covers different domains of knowledge. The 4C-ID model combines the two main theories of Richard Mayer and John Sweller to advance the field of learning and instruction. 4C-ID Model and Cognitive Approaches to Instructional Design and Technology: Emerging Research and Opportunities explores the behavioral and constructivist approaches to learning and instruction and focuses mainly on the particular cognitive approach and resulting theories and insights of the 4C-ID model. The chapters present the results of three experimental studies applied to the teaching of electrical circuits, initiation to computer programming using the Alice microworld, and computer programming using Python textual language. This book is a valuable resource tool for computer programmers, computer scientists, teachers, educational psychologists, practitioners, researchers, academicians, and students interested in the various approaches to learning and instruction in terms of the 4C-ID instructional model.

Research Anthology on Fake News  Political Warfare  and Combatting the Spread of Misinformation Book

Research Anthology on Fake News Political Warfare and Combatting the Spread of Misinformation


  • Author : Management Association, Information Resources
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-10-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 653
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799872924

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Research Anthology on Fake News Political Warfare and Combatting the Spread of Misinformation Excerpt :

There has been a noticeable shift in the way the news is accessed and consumed, and most importantly, the rise of fake news has become a common occurrence in the media. With news becoming more accessible as technology advances, fake news can spread rapidly and successfully through social media, television, websites, and other online sources, as well as through the traditional types of newscasting. The spread of misinformation when left unchecked can turn fiction into fact and result in a mass misconception of the truth that shapes opinions, creates false narratives, and impacts multiple facets of society in potentially detrimental ways. With the rise of fake news comes the need for research on the ways to alleviate the effects and prevent the spread of misinformation. These tools, technologies, and theories for identifying and mitigating the effects of fake news are a current research topic that is essential for maintaining the integrity of the media and providing those who consume it with accurate, fact-based information. The Research Anthology on Fake News, Political Warfare, and Combatting the Spread of Misinformation contains hand-selected, previously published research that informs its audience with an advanced understanding of fake news, how it spreads, its negative effects, and the current solutions being investigated. The chapters within also contain a focus on the use of alternative facts for pushing political agendas and as a way of conducting political warfare. While highlighting topics such as the basics of fake news, media literacy, the implications of misinformation in political warfare, detection methods, and both technological and human automated solutions, this book is ideally intended for practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, academicians, and students interested in the current surge of fake news, the means of reducing its effects, and how to improve the future outlook.

Impact of Zakat on Sustainable Economic Development Book

Impact of Zakat on Sustainable Economic Development


  • Author : Sarea, Adel
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-07-31
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799834540

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Impact of Zakat on Sustainable Economic Development Excerpt :

Zakat, a religious obligation in the form of almsgiving, is highly important both in Islam and in the Islamic economy. As Muslim communities face financial hardships around the world, Zakat has emerged as a vital component within these communities and could play a major role in sustainable economic development by helping society to alleviate poverty and promote social equality. Impact of Zakat on Sustainable Economic Development is a pivotal reference source that contributes practical solutions and knowledge production in alleviating poverty in Muslim countries by adopting Islamic approaches to contemporary socio-economics and the importance of Zakat in sustaining development and supporting the welfare of society. Featuring coverage on a wide range of topics such as corporate governance, ethics, and sustainable economic development, this book is ideally designed for economists, government officials, regulators, entrepreneurs, financial professionals, religious authorities, researchers, academicians, and students at the postgraduate level.

Digital Transformation and Its Role in Progressing the Relationship Between States and Their Citizens Book

Digital Transformation and Its Role in Progressing the Relationship Between States and Their Citizens


  • Author : Edwards III, Sam B.
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-02-07
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799831549

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Digital Transformation and Its Role in Progressing the Relationship Between States and Their Citizens Excerpt :

Countries at different points of development are affected differently by shifts in the ability to access information. These changes require the action of governments to cope in order to preserve accountability and information access. The progression of these changes could vary between countries based on the level of development. Digital Transformation and Its Role in Progressing the Relationship Between States and Their Citizens is a cutting-edge research publication that examines the relationship between government and citizens especially regarding accountability, communication, and access to information. Featuring a wide range of topics such as electoral reform, free speech, and citizen empowerment, this book is ideal for policymakers, researchers, legal professionals, activists, government employees, and academicians.

Web 2 0 and Cloud Technologies for Implementing Connected Government Book

Web 2 0 and Cloud Technologies for Implementing Connected Government


  • Author : Mahmood, Zaigham
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-08-21
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799845713

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Web 2 0 and Cloud Technologies for Implementing Connected Government Excerpt :

The emergence of cloud computing, internet of things, mobile technologies, and social networking have created better-connected members of the public who are digitally linked with each other in real time. Establishing this two-way interaction between citizens and governments has thus become attractive and an expected feature of governments worldwide. Previously, federal and local governments relied on first-generation technologies to provide basic levels of automation and digitization. Now, because of their desire to become more open, transparent, accountable, and connected, newer technologies including cloud computing, mobile networking, big data analytics, Web 2.0, and social media must be developed and utilized. Web 2.0 and Cloud Technologies for Implementing Connected Government is an essential reference source that presents various dimensions of connected government and connected e-governance visions as well as the latest emerging technologies. Offering development methodologies, practical examples, best practices, case studies, and the latest research, this book covers new strategies for implementing better-connected government models and the technologies that serve to establish these frameworks, including in-depth examinations of mobile technologies, automation, business intelligence, etc. as well as the various ethical and security issues surrounding the use and protection of data. This book is essential for federal, state, and local government officials; policymakers; civil servants; IT specialists; security analysts; academicians; researchers; and students.

Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Lessons Learned From the COVID 19 Pandemic Book

Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Lessons Learned From the COVID 19 Pandemic


  • Author : Abassi, Ryma
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2022-04-15
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799891666

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Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Lessons Learned From the COVID 19 Pandemic Excerpt :

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations and individuals to embrace new practices such as social distancing and remote working. During these unprecedented times, many have increasingly relied on the internet for work, shopping, and healthcare. However, while the world focuses on the health and economic threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals are capitalizing on this crisis as the world has become more digitally dependent and vulnerable than ever. Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic provides cutting-edge research on the best guidelines for preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber threats within educational, business, health, and governmental organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It further highlights the importance of focusing on cybersecurity within organizational crisis management. Covering topics such as privacy and healthcare, remote work, and personal health data, this premier reference source is an indispensable resource for startup companies, health and business executives, ICT procurement managers, IT professionals, libraries, students and educators of higher education, entrepreneurs, government officials, social media experts, researchers, and academicians.

Political Decision Making and Security Intelligence  Recent Techniques and Technological Developments Book

Political Decision Making and Security Intelligence Recent Techniques and Technological Developments


  • Author : Dall'Acqua, Luisa
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2019-11-22
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799815631

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Political Decision Making and Security Intelligence Recent Techniques and Technological Developments Excerpt :

The enormous spread of devices gives access to virtual networks and to cyberspace areas where continuous flows of data and information are exchanged, increasing the risk of information warfare, cyber-espionage, cybercrime, and identity hacking. The number of individuals and companies that suffer data breaches has increased vertically with serious reputational and economic damage internationally. Thus, the protection of personal data and intellectual property has become a priority for many governments. Political Decision-Making and Security Intelligence: Recent Techniques and Technological Developments is an essential scholarly publication that aims to explore perspectives and approaches to intelligence analysis and performance and combines theoretical underpinnings with practical relevance in order to sensitize insights into training activities to manage uncertainty and risks in the decision-making process. Featuring a range of topics such as crisis management, policy making, and risk analysis, this book is ideal for managers, analysts, politicians, IT specialists, data scientists, policymakers, government officials, researchers, academicians, professionals, and security experts.

Strategic Management During a Pandemic Book

Strategic Management During a Pandemic


  • Author : Vikas Kumar
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-08-27
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000431414

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Strategic Management During a Pandemic Excerpt :

The COVID-19 pandemic changed world dynamics, working scenarios, as well as professional and emotional dimensions. The virus has emerged as a significant threat for the continuity of business. Keeping the gravity of the problem in mind, companies must understand the need for change and must now update their strategy to account for pandemics. The next pandemic may be more severe than the current one, meaning that organizations need to devise mechanisms and business models to fight with these situations and maintain business continuity. They should not only look forward to saving plants, machinery and infrastructure, but also concentrate on employee welfare, customer engagement and satisfaction during this crisis time. The book will not only present the evidence of various effective solutions to run a business in the time of a pandemic, but also put forward the new models and practices of business being followed by people at the time of crisis. It aims to create a bridge between existing business models and proposed business solutions, focusing on existing theories and most importantly case studies from recent happenings. This rich collection of chapters will provide insights regarding the business challenges, opportunities and practices during pandemic situations like COVID-19, making it particularly valuable to researchers, academics and students in the fields of strategic management, leadership and disaster management.

Handbook of Communication and Development Book

Handbook of Communication and Development


  • Author : Melkote, Srinivas R.
  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-08-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789906356

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Handbook of Communication and Development Excerpt :

This incisive Handbook critically examines the role and place of media and communication in development and social change, reflecting a vision for change anchored in values of social justice. Outlining the genealogy and history of the field, it then investigates the possible new directions and objectives in the area. Key conclusions include an enhanced role for development communication in participatory development, active agency of stakeholders of development programs, and the operationalization of social justice in development.