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Transnational NGO Student Group presents: Steven Livingston

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When considering the effects of digital media on politics, scholars tend to focus mainly on the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to state institutions. This research focus overlooks the fact that ICT plays an increasingly important role outside of such` institutions. This presentation focuses on the opportunities of ICT-enabled collective action in providing public goods and in establishing forms of governance in the absence of government. How do communities use ICT to enable collective action and address issues of violence, disease, famine, crime, and other problems arising from deficient or non-responsive state institutions? The presentation argues that scholars of NGOs and transnational advocacy should pay greater attention to how ICT and the digital revolution fundamentally change the nature of transnational activism. Steven Livingston is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at George Washington University and the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs' (SMPA) Political Communication Program. He also holds a joint appointment in the Elliott School of International Affairs, and is a research professor in the Political Science Department. Livingston's research and teaching focus on media/information technology and international affairs. He is particularly interested in the role of information technology and media in national security policymaking Lunch will be provided Speaking: Dr. Steven Livingston Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at George Washington University Sponsor: Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Co-Sponsor Transnational NGOs Student Group, Co-Sponsor

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