See Knight Election Priorities blog post
√ 1. Creating new tools or data to meet people’s information needs
The Digital Citizen 2012 apps are new tools that will be built upon the Public Insight Network’s platform and used both online and in television broadcasts. DC2012 helps site visitors and TV viewers discuss and surface key election issues, meeting their information needs for the 2012 election.
2. Increase transparency of information about civic institutions
√ 3. Encouraging place-based political discussion
DC2012 is accessed locally, via the websites of newspapers, broadcasters and communities, so that discussions can address place-based policy issues.
√ 4. Accelerating productive discussion and healthy partisanship in civic discourse
DC2012 gives a broad range of Americans, including partisans and non-partisans, a safe and respectful way to participate in policy dialogue, as well as the excitement of appearing on TV, today’s most influential medium.
5. Creating a public access network that engages via new media forms
√ 6. Popping the “Filter Bubble”
DC2012 participants engage in dialogue on television with each other, their leaders, and “the other side,” breaking through the filter bubble. Our initial production, DIGITAL CITIZEN: Tea Party / Occupy, will connect Occupy and Tea Party adherents in Medford, Oregon (Airs 3/30/12)
√ 7. Creating new rituals for civic engagement
Such as posting your opinion with the knowledge that it may get you a slot on a policy discussion television program.
√ 8. Helping journalism moderate (and curate) political debate
DC2012 relies on local journalists to moderate discussions among engaged citizens and candidates, experts and pundits. Journalists also help participants check their facts.
√ 9. Creating a new visual language around policy/politics
DC2012 is using the 10Questions format to crowd source the best local comments on news and community websites. A heirarchy of TV participation allows a large number of these contributors to become a virtual audience of participants, who appear - and see themselves - on TV policy discussion programs, creating a new visual language of participation in policy discussion.
√ 10. Creating new interfaces and tools to encourage civic/media literacy and fluency
DC2012 is a training ground for civic and media literacy, expanding democratic participation for the digital age. See http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21731895/Digital%20Citizen_2012_process.pdf
√ 11. Reaching and engaging groups who aren’t regularly online
Over 50% of American news consumers get their news from TV, and 70% from local TV news. These numbers dwarf the number of Internet users, implying a tremendously diverse audience who are not necessarily online regularly. Nonetheless, our simple phone app will engage a broad range of Americans in the Digital Citizen process.