Wired Citizenship examines the evolving patterns of youth learning and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In today’s digital age, in which formal schooling often competes with the peer-driven outlets provided by social media, youth all over the globe have forged new models of civic engagement, rewriting the script of what it means to live in a democratic society. As a result, state-society relationships have shifted—never more clearly than in the MENA region, where recent uprisings were spurred by the mobilization of tech-savvy and politicized youth. Combining original research with a thorough exploration of theories of democracy, communications, and critical pedagogy, this edited collection describes how youth are performing citizenship, innovating systems of learning, and re-imagining the practices of activism in the information age. Recent case studies illustrate the context-specific effects of these revolutionary new forms of learning and social engagement in the MENA region.
Netting Citizens is a religious, social and political reflection on the place of information technology in the political and religious life of the country. The book is the result of a conference on 'Netting Citizens' held by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues and comprises 13 essays and lectures which were either delivered at the conference or were developed as a result of the issues addressed at the conference. The contributors, including Neil Ascherson and Dr Alison Elliot - Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland - deal with the many challenging and varied issues raised by today's new Information Communication Technology and places them in theological, religious or ecclesiastical context.
Designed as a basic primer and overview of the "information superhighway", this book reflects on the long term effects upon society and its individuals of an electronic economy. The book distinguishes between hype and viable options and is designed to help