• Transforming security with alternative communication tools

    Welcome to the Social Media and Citizen Security in Mexico website. This website is a project for the class "Social Media & Cultural-Political Transformation" in American University's School of International Service.

    Throughout the semester, we will post findings from various social media platforms as they relate to individual and societal security in Mexico. With the rise of drug-related violence, citizens are using social media to warn fellow citizens on a daily basis. Traditional media outlets are intimidated into silence, which pushes people toward alternative communication methods. This shift is transforming the way the government reacts to reports of violence as well as its policy on social media usage. We will focus on how civil society groups, government and journalists are using social media to communicate on this important topic.

Global Social Media Research Symposium

SoMe enVivo will be presenting our research at the Global Social Media Research Symposium on March 23, 2012. Other attendees include Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, Marc Drapeau, Director of Innovative Engagement at Microsoft, and Eric Novotny, Senior Adviser of Democracy & Technology at USAID. For more updates on the GSMRS, check it out on Facebook … Continue reading

Our interview with Paola Ricaurte, Social Media Researcher

Paola Ricaurte, a visiting researcher at the University of Maryland, focuses her research on the impact of technology on social life through the empirical analysis of media environments and socio-cultural phenomena, such as cybercultures, e-politics, cyberactivism, and digital literacy. In association with CASA de Maryland, Ricaurte is also developing an empirical research project on digital competences for … Continue reading

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Social Media and Citizen Security in Mexico

Welcome to the Social Media and Citizen Security in Mexico website. This website is a project for the class “Social Media & Cultural-Political Transformation” in American University’s School of International Service. Throughout the semester, we will post findings from various social media platforms as they relate to individual and societal security in Mexico. With the … Continue reading