Digital media and online social networking applications have changed the way in which dissent is organized with social movement leaders using online applications and digital content systems to organize collective action, activate local protest groups, network with international social movements and share their political perspectives. In the past, authoritarian regimes […]
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Helped the prolific Rob Lever with quotable quote in his piece for AFP. Philip Howard, who heads the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington, said Twitter “is still one of the most important social networking tools for democracy advocates.” Howard told AFP that authoritarian regimes have cracked […]
NBCNews.com recently used some quotable quotes from me and one of my colleagues at USIP Sheldon Himmelfarb on the new suite of Google tools:. The company that revolutionized Internet search is now unveiling a sort of online underground tunnel — a way for people in restrictive countries like Iran and […]
We are starting to disseminate some of the findings from the USIP-supported Digital Activism Research Project. One of the first pieces on the work is now up with Symposium Magazine: The past few decades have given scholars a rich collection of data that can help them analyze political change, whether […]
(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 […]