Schedule and Readings


We meet Monday evenings, 6-10, in Savery 130 (campus map, northeast of Kane Hall).

Schedule and topics are tentative and may change after week one discussion of student interests.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for readings!
See Google Docs Gradesheet

  • Week 1 – 4 October
    Introduction, Course Direction

    • Guest Speaker: Deen Freelon, The Living Voters Guide (7pm)
  • Week 2 – 11 October
    Political Systems
    In order to make sense of the issues that are created by new technologies, we also need to understand the political systems being affected. Because everyone in the class is not a “political scientist” — part of this session is designed to familiarize students with deliberative democracy in the US, as practiced specifically in Washington State. 

    • Guest Speaker: Alex Howard, Gov 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media (7.30 pm via Skype)
  • Week 3 – 18 October
    Digital Electioneering, Part 1

    How are political campaigns using (and abusing) digital technologies? A historical and quasi-contemporary look at campaign use of technology, beginning with radio debates, moving on to the Kennedy-Nixon debates, and closing with the first campaign-oriented websites (1990s). Examine communication that is top-down as well as bottom-up.
  • Week 4 – 25 October
    Digital Electioneering, Part 2
    How are political campaigns using (and abusing) digital technologies? How did digital electioneering change between 2004 and 2008? Between 2008 and 2010? What might the future bring? How are these technologies being used to “brand” candidates and how are “other” campaigns (not presidential, not statewide) using these technologies?
  • Week 5 – 1 November
    Digital Advocacy, Part 1

    Historically, political networks have been geographically-based or managed via an organization (political parties). Digital technologies are disrupting these patterns of control. How do digital technologies impact third parties, polarization. Focus on Tea Party.
  • Week 6 – 8 November
    Digital Advocacy, Part 2
    Advocacy is more than getting people elected. Advocacy can be focused on making government more accountable. Historically, political campaigns (elections or advocacy) have been financed primarily through large-ish donations from a small number of people. How are digital technologies changing this equation? How much do these campaigns cost (budgets)? And what is the role of money in election campaigns? An examination of advocacy and money. 

    • Guest speaker: Leif Utne, @LeifUtne
    • Discussion leaders: Paolo
  • Week 7 – 15 November
    eGovernment – Part 1

    How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What does this mean for citizens and public officials?  Specifically, how has Washington employed these technologies to enhance citizen deliberation? 

    • Guest Speaker: Sarah Schacht, Founder, director of Knowledge As Power & Open Gov West, @sarahschacht
    • Discussion leaders: Dan and Gary
  • Week 8 – 22 November
    eGovernment – Part 2
    How (and why) elected and appointed officials are using digital technologies to communicate with the electorate. What about the digital divide and other marginalized populations? 

    • Online class; start delayed
    • Discussion leaders: Betsy and Shane
  • Week 9 – 29 November
    What Next For Political Journalism?
    One of the democratic institutions under great financial stress due to digital technologies is journalism. What might the future of political journalism look like? How do citizen journalists develop the “credibility” needed to have access “to power”? Who frames the messages? 

    • Guest speaker: Karine Barzilai-Nahon, iSchool, on link relationships in the political blogosphere
    • Discussion leaders: Andrea and Thor
  • Week 10 – 6 December
    Wrap Up: Where Do We Go From Here?
    What’s next for digital democracy in the US as well as the rest of the world?
    Guest speaker: Jeff Shuey, Kodak/MSFT


Readings in italics are optional (use these selections when you are a discussion leader or if you want to learn more about the week’s topic). There are a lot of optional readings. I will add readings matching the various approaches to digital democracy that reflect the interests you share week one.

Readings without hyperlinks are in eReserve.

UW Library and ACM Portal hyperlinks require that you be logged in to the UW Library to access the resource. If you are not logged in through the Library’s off-campus login proxy, the journal site will ask you to pay to read the article!

For Week 2 – Political Systems

  • On Habermas and The Public Sphere
  • Habermas, The Public Sphere (eReserve – Week2 may be at the bottom of the list)
  • Howard, P. New Media Campaigns…. Introduction, Ch1, Ch2 (pp 1-100)


  • Castells: Materials for an exploratory theory of the network society (eReserve – not in folder)
  • Expanding Dialogue: The Internet, Public Sphere, and Transnational Democracy (eReserve – not in folder)
  • Internet Politics: Some Conceptual Tools (eReserve )

For Week 3 – Digital Electioneering

  • Howard, P. New Media Campaigns. Ch3, Ch4 (pp 101-169)
  • Open Government, Book chapter by guest speaker Sarah Schacht


  • Cybercampaigning
  • Election Campaigns as Information Campaigns: Who Learns What and Does it Matter?. Political Communication, July 2008. UW Library Offsite Link
  • High-Conflict Television News and Public Opinion. Political Research Quarterly. 2006; 59; 447. DOI: 10.1177/106591290605900312. UW Library Offsite Link
  • A nation divided: how technology influences the American political process. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges. 2001. ACM Portal
  • Is Negative Campaigning Bad For The American Political Process (Yes/No)
  • Network Logic: A Political Pre-History
  • Political Ads and Citizen Communication. Communication Research. 2008; 35; 423. DOI: 10.1177/0093650208315976. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Web Campaigning: Introduction and Overview

For Week 4 – Digital Electioneering

  • Decision 2004: The War for the White House
  • Explaining the Adoption of Web Campaigning Practices
  • How has Web 2.0 reshaped the presidential campaign in the United States? (pdf)


  • Bloggers at the Gates: Ned Lamont, Blogs, and the Rise of Insurgent Candidates. Social Science Computer Review. 2008; 26; 275. DOI: 10.1177/0894439307305634. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Campaign Ads, Online Messaging, and Participation. Journal of Communication. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2007.00363.x
  • Campaign Politics and the Digital Divide: Constituency Characteristics, Strategic Considerations, and Candidate Internet Use in State Legislative ElectionsCampaign Politics Political Research Quarterly. 2007; 60; 31. DOI: 10.1177/1065912906298527. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Do Campaign Web Sites Really Matter in Electoral Civic Engagement?. Social Science Computer Review. 2008; 26; 190. DOI: 10.1177/0894439307309026. UW Library Offsite Link
  • From the air to the ground: the internet in the 2004 US presidential campaign. New Media Society. 2008; 10; 647 . DOI: 10.1177/1461444808093735. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Old Wine in New Bottles?: The 1999 Finnish Election Campaign on the Internet. The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. 2001; 6; 68 . DOI: 10.1177/1081180X01006001005. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Political Blogs and the 2004 Presidential Election…
  • Reading Political Blogs During the 2004 Presidential Election…
  • Voters, MySpace, and YouTube: The Impact of Alternative Communication Channels on the 2006 Election Cycle and Beyond. Social Science Computer Review. 2008; 26; 288. DOI: 10.1177/0894439307305636. UW Library Offsite Link

For Week 5 – Digital Advocacy

  • Trippi, J. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised… Part 1 (pp. 3-72)
  • Party and Group Advocacy


  • Democracy, deliberation and design: the case of online discussion forums. New Media Society. 2007; 9; 849 . DOI: 10.1177/1461444807081230. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Intermedia Agenda Setting in Television, Advertising, and Blogs During the 2004 Election. Mass Communication & Society, 11:197–216, 2008.
  • Internet Web Logs as Cultural Resistance: A Study of the SARS Arts Project. Journal of Communication Inquiry. 2007; 31; 28. DOI: 10.1177/0196859906294840. UW Library Offsite Link
  • The League of Women Voters DemocracyNet (DNet)
  • Likelihood to Vote, Candidate Choice, and the Third-Person Effect: Behavioral Implications of Political Advertising in the 2004 Presidential Election. American Behavioral Scientist. 2008; 52; 278. DOI: 10.1177/0002764208321356. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Mobile Media and Political Collective Action from Smart Mobs (pdf)
  • The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog. ACM. Proceedings of the 3rd international workshop on Link discovery. ACM Portal
  • Real-Time Politics: The Internet and the Political Process. The Information Society, 18:31 1– 331, 2002
  • Talk Leads to Recruitment: How Discussions about Politics and Current Events Increase Civic Participation. Political Research Quarterly. 2007; 60; 180. DOI: 10.1177/1065912907301708. UW Library Offsite Link
  • When Opinion Leaders Blog: New forms of citizen interaction. ACM. Proceedings of the 2006 international conference on Digital government research. ACM Portal

For Week 6 – Digital Advocacy

  • Trippi, J. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised… Part 2 (pp 73-200)
  • Campaign Finance and the 2008 Elections: How Small Change(s) Really Add Up. (pdf)


  • Ballot Formats, Touchscreens and Undervotes: A Study of the 2006 Midterm Elections in Florida. Election Law Journal. 2008.
  • Corporate Contributions After The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Election Law Journal. 2008.
  • Institutional Change and the Electoral Connection in the Senate: Revisiting the Effects of Direct Election. Political Research Quarterly. 2008; 61; 445. DOI: 10.1177/1065912907309156. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Is a knowledge society possible without freedom of access to information?. Journal of Information Science. 2007; 33; 387. DOI: 10.1177/0165551506075327. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Nonprofit Organizations’ Perceptions and Uses of the Internet. Television New Media. 2008; 9; 407. DOI: 10.1177/1527476408315501. UW Library Offsite Link
  • PACs, Issue Context, and Congressional Decisionmaking. Political Research Quarterly. 2006; 59; 283. DOI: 10.1177/106591290605900210 UW Library Offsite Link
  • Political E-Identity: Campaign Funding Data and Beyond. ACM. Proceedings of the 2006 international conference on Digital government research. ACM Portal
  • Popular Election of the President: Using or Abusing the Electoral College? Election Law Journal. 2008.
  • Square Pegs & Round Holes: Applying Campaign Finance Law to the Internet – Risks to Free Expression and Democratic Values. ACM. Proceedings of the tenth conference on Computers, freedom and privacy: challenging the assumptions. ACM Portal.
  • The Web’s Campaign ContributionsAmerican Journalism Review.
  • Voting Technology, Election Administration, and Voter Performance. Election Law Journal. 2008.

For Week 7 – eGovernment

  • eGovernment


  • The Challenge of E-Democracy For Political Parties
  • Conceptualizing E-Governance. ICEGOV ’07: Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Theory and practice of electronic governance . ACM Portal
  • Democracy and the Environment on the Internet: Electronic Citizen Participation in Regulatory Rulemaking. Science Technology Human Values. 2006; 31; 383. DOI: 10.1177/0162243906287543. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Design of Digital Democracies. Performances of citizenship, gender
    and IT (Sweden)
    . Information, Communication & Society. Vol. 10, No. 3, June 2007.
  • Designing and Implementing E-Government Systems: Critical Implications for Public Administration and Democracy. Administration & Society. 2006; 38; 472. DOI: 10.1177/0095399706290638. UW Library Offsite Link
  • E-Government and Public Financial Reporting: The Case of Spanish Regional Governments. The American Review of Public Administration. 32007; 37; 142 . DOI: 10.1177/027507400629319. UW Library Offsite Link
  • The Emergence of E-Government Services in East Africa: Tracking Adoption Patterns and Associated Factors. ICEC ’04: Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Electronic commerce. ACM Portal
  • Engaging The Public Through Online Policy Dialogues
  • Make it so! Jean-Luc Picard, Bart Simpson and the Design of E-Public Services. PDC 2006 – Proceedings of the ninth Participatory Design Conference 2006. ACM Portal
  • Understanding Cybersocial Network Trends for Innovation in Libraries. IFLA Journal. 2008; 34; 160. DOI: 10.1177/0340035208092174. UW Library Offsite Link

For Week 8 – eGovernment

  • Access, Inclusion and the Digital Divide


  • Digital Divide or Just Another Absentee Ballot? Evaluating Internet Voting in the 2004 Michigan Democratic Primary. American Politics Research. 2008; 36; 510. DOI: 10.1177/1532673X08318586. UW Library Offsite Link
  • The Digital Divide: The Role of Political Institutions in Technology Diffusion. Comparative Political Studies. 2006; 39; 176. DOI: 10.1177/0010414005282983. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Next Generation FoI: Between Information Management and Web 2.0. The Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference. ACM Portal
  • Transitioning from e-Government to e-Governance in the Knowledge Society: The Role of the Legal Framework for Enabling the Process in the European Union’s Countries. ACM. Proceedings of the 2006 international conference on Digital government research. ACM Portal

For Week 9 – What Next For Political Journalism?


  • Are People Better Informed In The Information Society (Yes/No)
  • Capitulation to capital? OhmyNews as alternative media. Media Culture Society. 2006; 28; 541 UW Library Offsite Link
  • Discussion Forums, Games and Second Life: Exploring the Value of Public Broadcasters’ Marginal Online Activities. Convergence. 2008; 14; 261. DOI: 10.1177/1354856508091080. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Does the Messenger Matter? Candidate-Media Agenda Convergence…. Political Research Quarterly. 2008; 61; 134. DOI: 10.1177/1065912907306472. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Interfacing the Nation: Remediating Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Television Age. Convergence. 2008; 14; 277 . DOI: 10.1177/1354856508091081. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Journalism and Democracy: An Evaluation of the Political Public Sphere. (Book Review) European Journal of Communication. 2006; 21; 108. DOI: 10.1177/026732310602100108. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Media and Democracy
  • Life beyond the public sphere: Towards a networked model for political deliberation. Information Polity 13 (2008) 65–79
  • Presentation Style and Beyond: How Print Newspapers and Online News Expand Awareness of Public Affairs Issues. Mass Communication & Society, 11:161–176, 2008
  • Putting the Community Back Into Community Networks: A Content Analysis. Bulletin of Science Technology Society. 2007; 27; 417. DOI: 10.1177/0270467607304561. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Spin Doctors in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany: Metacommunication about Media Manipulation. The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. 2001; 6; 16. DOI: 10.1177/1081180X01006001003.UW Library Offsite Link

For Week 10 – Wrap Up

  • Howard, P. New Media Campaigns…. Ch5 (pp 170-238)
  • Trippi, J. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised … Ch 11, 12, Afterward (pp 201-269)


  • The Prying Eyes of Interactive Television. Center for Digital Democracy. June 2001.
  • Tapping into TiVo: Digital video recorders and the transition from schedules to surveillance in television . New Media Society. 2006; 8; 97. DOI: 10.1177/1461444806059877. UW Library Offsite Link
  • Who Watches the Watchers? Towards an Ethic of Surveillance in a Digital Age. Studies in Christian Ethics. 2008; 21; 362. DOI: 10.1177/0953946808096816.
    UW Library Offsite Link

10 Responses to “Schedule and Readings”

  1. kegill October 1, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    Student feedback on schedule:

    (1) Wk3 – top down/bottom up
    (2) Wk5 – self-organizing base – polarization w/in parties? – possibility of 3rd party growth (Ross Perot)
    (3) Global perception of US based on digital tech out there
    (4) Branding – electioneering – how you brand a candidate or issue / marketing (wk7)
    (5) Wk7 – reaching out to marginalized portions of society
    (6) Wk6 – black box voting; electoral system
    (7) Wk4 – impacts on smaller races v larger races
    (8) Technology policy (net neutrality)
    (9) 2008 election is “past” after week 7
    (10) deliberative democracy, specifically in WA – how has Wa state used its networking to do deliberative democracy
    (11) Wk9- budgets
    (12) Wk8-how can jrl who are blogging get access to “power” w/out credentials. what is a legitimate jrl
    (13) How will US electioneering be adopted (or not) in other countries

  2. ronijeanayalla October 2, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    I’d like week 8 – journalism for my seminar discussion. – Roni Ayalla

  3. margerynabors October 2, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    I understand we will not be meeting on the BIG DAY, but I would love to use that week’s topic (Elections and Technology) for my seminar discussion. Cheers. Margery Nabors

  4. Tharaa Bayazid October 4, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    I would like to present on the day of week 8, and I’ll decide on the topic very soon…


  5. khall33 October 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    I would like to present on week 9 – the role of Money & budgets.

  6. Rubi October 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    I would like to present on week 4 about the role that Google, Facebook and YouTube have played in the 2008 presidential campaign. The pros and Cons of using and abusing these tools.

  7. gzliuzw October 7, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    I would like to sign up for the nineth week, the topic of the role of money in elections

  8. margerynabors October 7, 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    Week 7 it is! Thank you for the option. Cheers.


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