Contributed to an Associated Press story on the use of bots by Venezuelan political figures. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem.
More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.
Contributed to a Washington Post story on what impact changing Facebook profile photos does, and does not, have. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at […]
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 […]
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,” […]