CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

The Internet’s Role in Making Engaged Citizens

This first-of-its-kind study, which was partially funded by CIRCLE, examined three types of behavior: politically-driven online participation, online exposure to diverse perspectives, and interest-driven online participation. Youth who pursue their interest on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to the study of student Internet usage authored by Read More >

February 23rd, 2011
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Working Paper 20: Young Voters and the Web of Politics: Pathways to Participation in the Youth Engagement and Electoral Campaign Web Spheres

by W. Lance Bennett and Mike Xenos August 2004 “This study examines the ways in which youth engagement sites (such as Rock the Vote) and election campaign sites (for house, senate and governor) appeal to young voters and offer them pathways for involvement in the electoral process. We examined archival web records of candidate and Read More >

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August 31st, 2004
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Special Report: Youth as E-Citizens: Engaging the Digital Generation

by Kathryn Montgomery, Barbara Gottlieb-Robles, and Gary O. Larson March 2004 “Youth as E-Citizens: Engaging the Digital Generation” maps the online political and civic activities of Generation Y and documents youth involvement on the Web. According to the report, an online youth civic culture, largely unnoticed by the general public, has taken root on the Read More >

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March 23rd, 2004
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Young People and Political Campaigning on the Internet

by Peter Levine and Mark Hugo Lopez January 2004 Based on CEG/CIRCLE Youth Survey 2004. Compares support for different online campaign techniques by generation. Download “Young People and Political Campaigning on the Internet.”

January 31st, 2004
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