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Transcript of "Introduction to Civic Media com371"
Intro to Civic Media
Mathias Klang - email@example.com - @klangable
This course focuses on
what people are doing -
or not doing - with this
newfound power. We will
read about, observe and
write about how citizens,
community groups and
governments are using
digital tools and
platforms to create "civic
media," any media - from
graffiti to blogs to Twitter
- that helps them address
a variety of social issues.
Have an in-depth
understanding of how
digital media is being
used to foster civic
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