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Moving beyond the press-release tweet

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Moving beyond the press-release tweet

Can social media really help to increase government transparency?

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Though Mayor Emanuel opened the microphone to constituents at Monday night's public budget hearing, it was not the first time the mayor surveyed the public--he has frequently used social media to conduct town halls and take comments. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have increasingly become a way for officials to connect with the public. But Eight Forty-Eight wondered if all the online chatter was actually creating accountabilty. Host Alison Cuddy spoke to Sarah Klaper of DePaul University’s College of Law; Klaper works on issues of government access and accountability. 

Music Button: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, "Day of the Dead", from the album Last Year's Ghost, (482 Music)
 

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