A Twitter user was attempting to tweet out a link to a cover image of the upcoming November 11, 2013 edition of The New Yorker magazine and I was intrigued when a warning popped up after I attempted to click the link. The offense? It appears that the cover story dared to be critical of the Obama Administration’s botched rollout of Healthcare.gov and the Affordable Care Act.
As we embark upon 2013, Jeremiah Warren has pulled together a short video including some of the past year’s hightlights including events in the the Middle East, London Olympics, 2012 presidential election, the Pope’s first tweet, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, the Mayans and several memorial tweets remembering those we lost.
Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year. Specifically, policymakers have shown a dramatic increase in their use of Twitter, Facebook and mobile technology which underscores the importance of social media and the Internet in educating policymakers and galvanizing them to support a policy issue.
There’s no question that the increased adoption of open source backend solutions in the private sector, and now in government, represents yet another evolutionary step in the rapid growth of the Internet. As these tools become more prevalent, users will be able to better connect and collaborate on shared platforms which only improves the potential for digital public engagement in shaping our democracy.