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After Ferguson: Is ‘Hashtag Activism’ Spurring Policy Changes?

Contributed to NBC news story on role of hashtags in protest within the US post-Ferguson.

“Hashtag activism is what happens when someone tries to raise public awareness of a political issue using some clever or biting keyword on social media,” said Philip Howard, the Principle Investigator for Digital Activism Research Project. His group studied and collected data from thousands of campaigns around the world. “If your idea—linked to a good hashtag—gains traction you’ve started a kind of awareness campaign,” he explained.

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