Abrar Haider

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This paper outlines the impact of the internet applications of second generation (Web 2.0) on the political environment. After a brief examination of the peculiar features of the most known and widely used applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wiki and Weblogs, follows a discussion on some of the roles that these online tools can play in the political field. Social network sites can have a mobilization effect on the voters, can influence the political debate and can be used as an effective propaganda tool during elections campaign. The paper examines, finally, the impact that web 2.0 applications have had on politics in two countries: The United States of America and Australia.