Policy Papers

Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict
Policy Papers

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 […]

Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns?  Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections
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Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns? Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections

This working paper, done with the UW’s Jason Gilmore, is mirrored at the website of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and the SSRN. Gilmore, Jason and Philip N. Howard.  “Does Social Media Make a Difference in Political Campaigns?  Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections.” Center for Communication […]

The Dictators’ Digital Dilemma: When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?
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The Dictators’ Digital Dilemma: When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?

This Policy Paper appears on the Brookings Website. When do governments decide to interfere with the Internet, and why? While many observers celebrate the creative use of digital media by activists and civil society leaders, there are a significant number of incidents involving government-led Internet shutdowns. Governments have offered a […]

Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?
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Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?

This Policy Paper appears on the website of the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam. After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.  […]