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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, […]

Video:  Democracy’s First Wave? Book Talk at GWU
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Video: Democracy’s First Wave? Book Talk at GWU

Spoke with my collaborator Muzammil Hussain at GWU. Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain discuss their recent release Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring. Philip Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Howard directs the World Information Access Project and […]

The Atlantic:  Why Governments Use Broadcast TV and Dissidents Use Twitter
Commentary and OpEds / In The News / The Atlantic

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

Over the past decade, digital and mobile media have significantly changed the system of political communication in Brazil. An increasing number of Brazilian candidates have begun to use websites and social networking applications as an integral part of their overall campaign efforts. To explore how these “new” media tools are […]