Today (8th March) is budget day- keep up with the news and views – with our selection of academic resources. This will be the last spring budget as unless the chancellor changes his mind all will be held annually in the autumn from now on. Read the full text papers on the UK Government website […]
A new framework of guidelines as been issued by IFES which will help officials monitor, assess and respond to gender violence during elections. Other useful international organisations examining women and political participations include the IPU they have up to date figures on women’s parliamentary representation worldwide. They also maintain a free bibliographic database where you […]
The Word on the Street has broadsheet popular newspapers from 1650-1910. Search by keyword or place. Get popular reports of current events, crimes, politics and attitudes. See for instance this report of cross-dressing from the early 19th century. Other great Scottish digital resources include: Glasgow Digital Library. This has many free online collections. Highlights include: […]
The new CIA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room can be found at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/ The CREST database resources of declassified CIA documents and papers were finally released onto the web after a pressure group sued the CIA Papers are over 25 years old. They include the infamous Stargate papers many relating to sightings […]
See the website of the Womens March on London 2017 which has details on the global movement. There is also a statement about it on the Womens Equality Party website An interesting initiative is We the people which is a crowd-sourced project backed by artist Shepard Fairey. The initiative is seeking to raise funds to […]
On inauguration day The Guardian news is experimenting with a number of live news features. See the first filmed inauguration in 1901 via the Library of Congress website. And the draft of his speech with amendments!
Ahead of the inauguration the Internet Archive has launched its own special Trump collection. It currently has over 700 video, news broadcasts, televised debates and interviews online. There is also a fact checked file of statements made in the interviews which has been prepared by FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Fact Base […]
With the changeover to a new president the White House has announced its plans for archiving social media and website from the Obama administration. Other citizen initiatives include: ArchiveSocial: Obama Social Media Archive MIT Media Lab’s Electome group explores how the White House, President Obama, and the First Lady have used Twitter to communicate with […]
A recent report from the Reuters Institute has traced the rise of political fact-checking sites in Europe. It recorded 113 such groups are active today. More than 90% were established since 2010; about 50 launched in the past two years alone. The recent US election campaigns have raised issues of truth in the media. This […]
Published this week, the latest Eurobarometer survey of EU citizens on Media pluralism and democracy found that 57% of EU citizens believe that the media in their countries lack independence from political and commercial pressure and 75% of the respondents have experienced hate speech on social media.