Link and summary by Yvonne Amukwaya
Civil society groups use the internet as a logistical tool for organization and communication. The Web affords them an information infrastructure independent of the state, one in which social movements can grow. Digital media and social networking also allows people to not only be consumers but reporters. Therefore now more than ever, these various platforms can strengthen and promote democracy. In this article, Philip Howard discusses the ways in which the new information technologies are profoundly reshaping political culture.