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Commentary and OpEds / In The News / Reuters

Reuters: The Upside Downside of Social Media Protests

(This originally appeared as “The Upside Downside of Social Media Protests” on the Reuters Commentary Wire.) In Bahrain, Iran and Syria, tough rulers are using social media to entrap activists and crowd source the identity of people who attend protests. After Anders Breivik’s massacre in Norway, flash mobs in Philadelphia […]

When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?
Academic Articles / Publications

When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?

Although there have been many studies of the different ways regimes censor the use of social media by their citizens, shutting off social media altogether is something that rarely happens. However, it happens at the most politically sensitive times and has widespread—if not global—consequences for political, economic and cultural life. […]

In The News / interviews / News Feature

The Internet and Iran ‘It Is Possible to Pull the Plug’

Extensive Interview in Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-internet-and-iran-it-is-possible-to-pull-the-plug-a-783662.html

Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?
Policy Papers / Publications

Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?

After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.  Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories […]