The Myth of Violent Online Extremism The Myth of Violent Online Extremism
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
Commentary and OpEds

TechPresident: Bad News Bots

(This originally appeared as “Bad News Bots” on Techpresident.)   It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and causeartificial […]

Books Democracy’s Fourth Wave – Full Creative Commons Release

Democracy’s Fourth Wave – Full Creative Commons Release

Our book Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Digital Media and the Arab Spring was published under a modified Creative Commons license with Oxford University Press.  Oxford has provided a publication quality PDF of the full manuscript for download.   Howard, Philip N. and Muzammil Hussain.  Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring.  New […]

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

A growing number of massive data breaches are degrading the personal privacy of people around the world. Data security and privacy policy are ongoing concerns in Europe. But it can be difficult to assess privacy breaches in Europe in particular, since many of the biggest incidents of compromised personal records […]

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Democracy’s Fourth Wave – Full Creative Commons Release
Books / Publications

Democracy’s Fourth Wave – Full Creative Commons Release

Our book Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Digital Media and the Arab Spring was published under a modified Creative Commons license with Oxford University Press.  Oxford has provided a publication quality PDF of the full manuscript for download.   Howard, Philip N. and Muzammil Hussain.  Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring.  New […]

Other Public Writing

Why the Internet Should Be a Public Resource

(I just wrote this on CES for Yale Press’s Blog.) The excitement of this year’s CES—the enormous technology show and tell event that just ended in Las Vegas—was about the “internet of things.” Stoves and baby bottles will soon be smart, and the devices you already have will be smarter. […]

In The News / interviews

Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism

Contributed to a story in New York Times story about how Tumblr can draw young people into contemporary activism. “Tumblr is kind of like a gateway drug for activism,” said Philip Howard, 44, the principal investigator at the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington. “Once you connect […]

Commentary and OpEds / In The News / TechPresident

TechPresident: Bad News Bots

(This originally appeared as “Bad News Bots” on Techpresident.)   It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and causeartificial […]