Drawing on large-scale data generated from the Internet and real-world events, this book shows how mobilizations that succeed are unpredictable, unstable, and often unsustainable. To better understand this unruly new force in the political world, the authors use experiments that test how social media influence citizens deciding whether or not to participate. They show how different personality types react to social influences and identify which types of people are willing to participate at an early stage in a mobilization when there are few supporters or signals of viability. The authors argue that pluralism is the model of democracy that is emerging in the social media age—not the ordered, organized vision of early pluralists, but a chaotic, turbulent form of politics.
This book demonstrates how data science and experimentation with social data can provide a methodological toolkit for understanding, shaping, and perhaps even predicting the outcomes of this democratic turbulence.
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?
Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.
Weaving together evidence of teachers’ and learners’ experiences of ICT, the authors:
explain why the process of integrating ICT is not straightforward;
discuss whether hardware and infrastructure alone are sufficient to ensure full integration and exploitation of ICT investment;
emphasise the pivotal role that teachers play in supporting learning with ICT across the curriculum;
argue that teachers need a greater understanding of how to put ICT to use in teaching and learning;
highlight that out-of-school use of ICT has an impact on in-school learning;
consider what kinds of professional development are most effective in supporting teachers to use technologies creatively and productively.
Case studies are used to illustrate key issues and to elaborate a range of theoretical ideas that can be used in the classroom.
This book will be of interest to all those concerned with maximising the benefits of ICT in the classroom.