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Can Internet Use for Political Information Promote Social Trust and Political Participation?

   Social trust and political participation are crucial indicators for examining the operation of a democracy. According to the traditional argument, social networks, including personal contact and group participation, are the main sources encouraging social trust and political participation. However, the accumulation of social trust and political participation might become more difficult along with the decrease in social networks in a changing society. Can the Internet become a new source for social trust and political participation?

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