RFI PROJECT UPDATE: Increasing Rural Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Now that you know more about rural broadband expert Roberto Gallardo (see yesterday’s feature!), here are the details about the 2017 RFI-funded research and engagement project he is leading with Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, professor with the UNO Social Media Lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as Charlotte Narjes and Connie Hancock with Nebraska Extension.

Through this project, faculty, students and communities are coming together (RFI Nexus!) to research the use of digital platforms for civic engagement in rural communities. The research basis of this project is important in that the models and best practices coming out of this work will be empirically sound when other rural communities look to implement them.

We’ve loved seeing the UNO students immersed in the rural Nebraska communities of Ashland, Nebraska City and Ravenna throughout the last several weeks, and they recently presented their social media plans! Follow the Social Media Lab on Twitter for all of the latest details.

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