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The Atlantic:  If Your Government Fails, Can You Create a New One With Your Phone?
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The Atlantic: If Your Government Fails, Can You Create a New One With Your Phone?

Myanmar is opening up politically, and among the first, largest civil society campaigns is a social movement organized over Facebook for cheaper cellphone calling plans. Syria has been locked in civil war for almost two years; despite the strife—or because of it—cellphone subscriptions have taken off. In Nairobi’s largest slum, […]

The Atlantic:  Why Governments Use Broadcast TV and Dissidents Use Twitter
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The Atlantic: Why Governments Use Broadcast TV and Dissidents Use Twitter

(This originally appeared as “Why Governments Use Broadcast TV and Dissidents Use Twitter” on The Atlantic.com)   Last March I was walking past Gezi Park with a Turkish friend at dusk. He had just joined me from prayers and I asked him what he thought about the brewing debate over […]

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 […]

Political Redlining and Issue Publics
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Political Redlining and Issue Publics

Political Redlining and Issue Publics When Lippmann wrote that the news media could never effectively manage the exchange of information between political leaders and citizens, he probably did not imagine that campaign managers would use another institution – an open, digital market for political data – to structure this exchange. […]