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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 […]

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 […]

In The News / interviews

LA Times: U.S. puts sanctions on telecom firms in Syria, Iran

Interviewed for LA Times http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/23/business/la-fi-obama-tech-sanctions-20120424