Advancements in technology have had a major impact on society. Such advancements include improving audience reach, ways to communicate, and overall connection to people across the world. In the realm of civic engagement, this has led to many increases in ways to get citizens involved and talking. Technology is transforming the way that people are engaging and interacting with their community, as well as in local and national politics.
Technology is playing a huge role in reaching and engaging unique audiences like never before. Advancements in social media have played a significant role in civic engagement. More popular social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube are all playing roles in reaching a larger audience and getting them actively engaged. In addition, there have been apps, websites, and social properties that focus more on just civic engagement. An example of this is iLegislate, an app that promotes civic engagement through the creation of dashboards, allowing government leaders to connect with citizens easier. The app is helping leaders listen to ideas and feedback from the public at anytime. Thus, the app is boosting civic engagement by giving citizens a voice and helping them realize if they actively are participating, their ideas can invoke change.
Technology is also allowing citizens to have easier access to online resources to be able to learn and become more knowledgeable about issues, as well as improving tactics that are available to them in their community. Virtual town halls are replacing outdated town hall meetings (that many were unable to attend due to work, lack of transportation, and other responsibilities), giving people a space to read about the issues going on in their town, add input, and educate themselves on how to improve. In addition, these online resources can collect data on what is being discussed, allowing community leaders to see what is most important to the citizens that are living in the community and where they should be focusing their efforts.
Increasing civic engagement is always the goal, as our communities and nation as a whole improve when civic engagement goes up. Locally and nationally, organizations can utilize technology to reach the audiences they are working for while citizens can educate themselves, voice their opinions, and be active in their community.