Data Share: Data Breaches in Europe 2005-2014 Photo Credit:  Marina Noordegraaf
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NSF EAGER award to study how people use bots to manipulate people NSF EAGER award to study how people use bots to manipulate people
GDADS Wins 2014 Prize in Public Interest Communication Research GDADS Wins 2014 Prize in Public Interest Communication Research
Commentary and OpEds Edel Rodriguez

New York Times: Hungary’s Crackdown on the Press

(This originally appeared as “Hungary’s Crackdown on the Media“.) BUDAPEST — The European Union faces a challenging conundrum. While Hungary has embarked on building Europe’s most controlled media system, the European Commission just agreed in August to provide the country with nearly 22 billion euros of economic assistance. Hungary has […]

Books Pax Technica:  Cover Art!

Pax Technica: Cover Art!

Thanks to Joe Calamia  and the Yale team the book is now “in production”:  Dan Heaton was the manuscript editor, Samantha Ostrowski prepared the book for release, and Nancy Ovedovitz designed the book’s jacket. Photo credit:  Google/Connie Zhou, see more photos www.google.com/datacenters.    

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 Photo Credit:  Marina Noordegraaf

Data Breaches in Europe 2005-2014

This project report, done with colleagues at the Center for Media, Data and Society, is mirrored at the center website. Download:  Howard, P. (2014). Data Breaches in Europe: An Analysis of Reported Breaches of Compromised Personal Records in Europe. Center for Media, Data and Society Central European University. Working Paper 2014.1. 24 pp. […]

Latest Posts

In The News / interviews

#HashtagActivismMatters: Some experts see online-to-IRL change in police protests

Contributed to a Washington Post story on how hashtag activism can translate to policy change: This interplay between real-world events and online activism is what turns a catchy hashtag into a powerful slogan. “It tethers the conversation to things that really happened,” Howard said. Howard, who calls himself a “cyber-optimist,” […]

In The News / interviews

After Ferguson: Is ‘Hashtag Activism’ Spurring Policy Changes?

Contributed to NBC news story on role of hashtags in protest within the US post-Ferguson. “Hashtag activism is what happens when someone tries to raise public awareness of a political issue using some clever or biting keyword on social media,” said Philip Howard, the Principle Investigator for Digital Activism Research […]

Photo Credit:  Marina Noordegraaf
Policy Papers

Data Breaches in Europe 2005-2014

This project report, done with colleagues at the Center for Media, Data and Society, is mirrored at the center website. Download:  Howard, P. (2014). Data Breaches in Europe: An Analysis of Reported Breaches of Compromised Personal Records in Europe. Center for Media, Data and Society Central European University. Working Paper 2014.1. 24 pp. […]

In The News / News Feature

Wired: Your colleagues pose bigger threat to your privacy than hackers

Wired UK covered the findings of the recent data breach report from CMDS, “Data Breaches in Eruope” with an article called “Your Colleagues Pose Bigger Threat to Your Privacy Than Hackers“. The threat from hackers is not nearly as big a problem as the threat posed by your own colleagues, a privacyreport has […]