SXSW Interactive 2013

Hashtag-ifying For A Better Democracy


In an era of unprecedented cynicism and distrust towards the electoral process, the self-organization of the social web is becoming a new space of civic engagement.
Are hashtags the town halls of the future?
Lessons learned from the student uprising in Québec.

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  1. How is trust established in policy debate online?
  2. Why are facts sacred (and opinion worthless) ?
  3. Why should you engage with your enemies?
  4. What policy makers can learn from social listening?
  5. Why is the emergence of the interest graph so important for policy planning?



Louise Fortin, Director, Economic Affairs, Québec Delegation - Atlanta

Meta Information:

  • Tags: data, government
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Government and Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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