Publications

Political Redlining and Issue Publics
Books / Publications

Political Redlining and Issue Publics

Political Redlining and Issue Publics When Lippmann wrote that the news media could never effectively manage the exchange of information between political leaders and citizens, he probably did not imagine that campaign managers would use another institution – an open, digital market for political data – to structure this exchange. […]

Video:  Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Book Launch at the National Democracy Institute
Books / In The News / Presentations / Publications / Video

Video: Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Book Launch at the National Democracy Institute

Thank you to the colleagues, students, journalists, policy professionals and interested members of the public who came to watch my coauthor Muzammil Hussain (@m_m_hussain) launch Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Digital Media and the Arab Spring.  For those who are interested, here is the Prezi that we used for several of the […]

What Best Explains Successful Protest Cascades? ICTs and the Fuzzy Causes of the Arab Spring
Academic Articles / Publications

What Best Explains Successful Protest Cascades? ICTs and the Fuzzy Causes of the Arab Spring

It has been 15 years since the last wave of democratization. But as a region, North Africa and the Middle East were noticeably devoid of popular democracy movements—until the early months of 2011. Democratization movements had existed long before technologies like mobile phones and the Internet came to these countries. But […]

Democracy’s Fourth Wave?  Digital Media and the Arab Spring
Books / Publications

Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring

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 world’s most entrenched dictators. Howard […]