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Dave KarpfAssistant Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University

Analytic Activism: The Organization Logic of Social Petition

Social petition sites like, MoveOn Petitions, and the White House's "We The People" platform have been heralded for dramatically simplifying citizen political engagement.  Now any individual can launch a campaign from their laptop or mobile phone with the potential of reaching millions and influencing public policy.  Public excitement about the new potential of digitally-enhanced democracy has outpaced our understanding of just how these sites function, and what types of political engagement they support.  In this presentation, David Karpf will share new findings on how the leading social petition sites construct dramatically different user experiences and leverage competing forms of citizen participation.

Dave Karpf is an Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.  He is the author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (Oxford University Press, 2012), and is currently working on a second book about analytics and activism. 

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Sponsored by the Transnational NGO Initiative at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.