A new report by the Monitor Institute and the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows how technology is helping civic institutions keep local citizens informed. The findings came from surveys conducted over an 8 month period in San Jose, CA; Philadelphia, PA; and Macon, GA.
Overall, a significant number of citizens are using social and mobile technology to stay informed:
- 32% of residents turn to social sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated on local matters
- 19% to blogs
- 12% to smartphones and other mobile devices
- 7% to Twitter
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