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Unlike some people have hoped, the internet hasn't led to big changes in the socio-economic makeup of Americans engaged in civic activities, a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds. But there are some signs that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are driving civic engagement among younger people.

As in offline politics, people who participate in online...

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