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The Myth of Violent Online Extremism
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The Myth of Violent Online Extremism

(I just wrote this for Yale Press’s Blog.) Since the great tragedy of Charlie Hebdo, politicians and pundits around the world have succumbed to the notion that social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are to blame for violent online extremism. They argue that social media is not only a […]

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 […]