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Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict
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Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict

In order to analyze the relationships between digital activism and non violent conflict, we investigated thousands of campaigns from around the world and assembled protest event data more comprehensive than any previously collected. We define a digital activism campaign as an organized public effort, making collective claim(s) on a target […]

Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns?  Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections
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Does Social Media Make a Difference in Election Campaigns? Digital Dividends in Brazil’s 2010 National Elections

Over the past decade, digital and mobile media have significantly changed the system of political communication in Brazil. An increasing number of Brazilian candidates have begun to use websites and social networking applications as an integral part of their overall campaign efforts. To explore how these “new” media tools are […]

The Dictators’ Digital Dilemma: When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?
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The Dictators’ Digital Dilemma: When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?

When do governments decide to interfere with the Internet, and why? While many observers celebrate the creative use of digital media by activists and civil society leaders, there are a significant number of incidents involving government-led Internet shutdowns. Governments have offered a range of reasons for interfering with digital networks, […]

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