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Astroturf Grows Best in Election Season

(This originally appeared in a professional newsletter from the American Political Science Association.  It was written in 2008 but astroturf never dies.) The 2008 election season will be dominated by the most colorful, attractive astroturf campaigns we’ve yet seen. For the most lush astroturf social movement that is the envy […]

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Debate flares on ‘Twitter revolutions,’ Arab Spring

Extensive interview about latest book: Arab Spring: Did social media really spark revolutions? Amid fierce debate in academic circles, upcoming book argues social media made key difference in successful uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt. By Rob Lever, AFP – WASHINGTON   How important were Twitter, Facebook and other social media in […]

TechPresident:  Singapore Doesn’t Always Need Internet Censorship to Silence Critics
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TechPresident: Singapore Doesn’t Always Need Internet Censorship to Silence Critics

(This originally appeared as “Singapore Doesn’t Always Need Internet Censorship to Silence Critics” on TechPresident.  Redux + additional links on Freedom to Tinker.)   Singapore likes to promote itself as a business-friendly country where the government has a soft touch. But by firing a professor known for criticizing the government’s censorship strategies, […]

Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Digital Media and the Arab Spring
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Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring

Now in print! (And byte). Did digital media really “cause” the Arab Spring, or is it an important factor of the story behind what might become democracy’s fourth wave? An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the […]