GDADS Wins 2014 Prize in Public Interest Communication Research GDADS Wins 2014 Prize in Public Interest Communication Research
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Commentary and OpEds Reuters:  Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Reuters: Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

(This originally appeared as “Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots” on the Reuters Commentary Wire.) Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South […]

Books Reviews: State Power 2.0

Reviews: State Power 2.0

These are reviews of my edited collection State Power 2.0: “Interest in how governments use, manipulate, or even shut down the internet in the service of state power has been growing at a fever pitch. This collection provides an insightful framework for understanding these dynamics as well as an impressive […]

Academic Articles

Participation, Civics and Your Next Coffee Maker

This is the prepublication version of my response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2).  Final version, with Zuckerman’s essay and other responses, here.   Ethan Zuckerman’s essay on participatory civics offers a nice example of how […]

Policy Papers Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict

Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict

This project report, done with Frank Edwards and Mary Joyce, is mirrored at the website of the Digital Activism Research Project. Download:  Frank Edwards, Philip N. Howard, Mary Joyce, “Digital Activism and Non-Violent Conflict,” Digital Activism Research Project, 2013. 23 pp. Seattle, University of Washington. In order to analyze the […]

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Grants / Research

NSF EAGER award to study how people use bots to manipulate people

Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter. This EAGER award enables a new team of social and information scientists to investigate the impact of automated scripts—commonly called bots—on social media. We will study both the bot scripts and the people making such […]

Reviews: State Power 2.0
Book Reviews / Books / Publications

Reviews: State Power 2.0

These are reviews of my edited collection State Power 2.0: “Interest in how governments use, manipulate, or even shut down the internet in the service of state power has been growing at a fever pitch. This collection provides an insightful framework for understanding these dynamics as well as an impressive […]

Reviews:  Democracy’s Fourth Wave?
Book Reviews / Books / Publications

Reviews: Democracy’s Fourth Wave?

Reviews of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Abootalebi, A. R. Review of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil Hussain. Choice. Earl, Jennifer. Review of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil Hussain. Political Science Quarterly 129, no. 2 (2014): 377–378. Faris, David. Review of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? […]

In The News / interviews / Video

Caged Cairo: Where Journalism is a Crime

Contributed to documentary on arrested journalists in Egypt.     http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2014/06/caged-cairo-where-journalism-crime-2014628115412729805.html#.U7EsJtLN28A.twitter