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Exploring Digital Citizenship in the Social Media Landscape through the Lens of a Blogging Community

, School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, United States ; , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This article reports the results of a qualitative interview study on the concept of digital citizenship as perceived by a blogger collaborative whose members share a common focus on community engagement. We analyze interview material with eight bloggers who represent a mix of public administration scholars, local government professionals, social activists and community leaders to explore two questions: What is digital citizenship from a local government perspective? How can social media support (or hinder) digital citizenship and civic engagement? This is a second analysis of the interview material. Whereas a previous review focused on the blog community, we developed and applied a new coding scheme to appreciate the breadth and depth of comments regarding the triangle of digital citizenship, social media and civic engagement in local government.


Stephens, J. & Panke, S. (2018). Exploring Digital Citizenship in the Social Media Landscape through the Lens of a Blogging Community. In T. Bastiaens, J. Van Braak, M. Brown, L. Cantoni, M. Castro, R. Christensen, G. Davidson-Shivers, K. DePryck, M. Ebner, M. Fominykh, C. Fulford, S. Hatzipanagos, G. Knezek, K. Kreijns, G. Marks, E. Sointu, E. Korsgaard Sorensen, J. Viteli, J. Voogt, P. Weber, E. Weippl & O. Zawacki-Richter (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1762-1767). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 13, 2018 from .

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