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Huffington Post:  The Dictator’s Dead Pool for 2013: Will China’s Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?
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Huffington Post: The Dictator’s Dead Pool for 2013: Will China’s Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

(This originally appeared as “The Dictator’s Dead Pool for 2013” on the Huffington Post.)   The world rarely mourns dead dictators. The death of an authoritarian ruler usually means chaos and more suffering for the people they ruled. A year ago I drafted a list of the aging and sickly […]

Slate: Let’s Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Robots
Commentary and OpEds / In The News / Slate

Slate: Let’s Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Robots

(This post originally appeared as “Let’s Build Democracy Robots” on Slate.  Read Jillian York’s great retort “No We Should Not Build Pro-Democracy Twitter Bots“) Most Twitter users try to ignore messages from robot accounts. But maybe we should be putting bots to work for a more noble cause—democracy. One estimate […]

Digital Origins – Creative Commons Release
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Digital Origins – Creative Commons Release

My book The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy now available as a Creative Commons release from Oxford University Press.  Oxford has provided a publication quality PDF for download.            

USAToday: Israeli army, Hamas military tap power of social media
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USAToday: Israeli army, Hamas military tap power of social media

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