I am helping to organize a conference on social media and political participation that will take place at NYU-Florence’s Villa La Pietra campus May 10-11, 2013. We’ve lined up a great collection of scholars to present original in progress research on this newly evolving topic. The conference is free and open to the public, but you are requested to RSVP if you would like to attend. Abstracts of all papers are available here. The hashtag for the conference is #SMaPP_LPD, and we will have information regarding internet access to the conference for those who can not attend once it becomes available. The conference is co-sponsored by NYU-Florence’s La Pietra Dialogues, the Center for New Media and Society at the New Economic School (Moscow, Russia), and NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory.