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Civics through the lens of efficacy. What can individuals do to influence their communities, their societies and their nations?

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Improving civic discourse on Facebook
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From Facebook’s Civic Engagement team, a presentation considering why and how they promote civic discourse among their vast userbase. A slide deck.

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CoFacts: the chatbot that combats misinformation
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CoFacts is a collaborative fact-checking project that combines a chatbot with a hoax database, integrated within LINE, a popular instant messenger app in Asia.

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Exploring sense of community for online citizen engagement
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What value is created through online citizen engagement by using the community psychology Sense of Community theory to examine the behavioural aspects of eParticipation?

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Impacts of discussion platforms for young people
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Two million young people from Yemen, Libya, Egypt, DRC, Burundi, Mali and China engage in Citizens’ Voice online communities where they share diverse viewpoints in a safe, alternative civic space.

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Being unsocial on social media: the implications for civic and political engagement
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The phenomena of political filtering and unfriending on social media, and their civic and political implications in an international context.

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Identifying checkable claims with machine learning
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Full Fact have developed a tool which can separate sentences containing claims from those that do not. This accelerates the process of fact-checking.

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The impacts of civic tech for elections in the UK
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An overview of the work of Democracy Club, which leads a huge effort in crowdsourcing data every time there’s a UK election. A slide deck.

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Transforming an industry through FOI
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In Germany, there’s no requirement for eateries to display food safety ratings, and no publicly accessible register. FragDenStaat’s FOI campaign ‘Pot Secret’ rallied members of the public to request food safety reports from their local authorities.

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What does the African feminist future of civic technology look like?
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Women and sexual minorities are frequent victims of online gender-based violence. But we are yet to fully understand the impact that this has on women across Africa, and on how they access civic technology.

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What are the effects of OpenStreetMapping on the mappers themselves?
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Generally, contributing to OSM’s mapping is regarded as a form of volunteer service. However, recent analyses suggest that experience of mapping could be as important as the data contributed.

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Impacts and challenges of civic tech experiments in India
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Venkatesh Kannaiah speaks about Civic Tech experiments in India, including I Change My City and I Paid A Bribe.

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