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Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism

Contributed to a story in New York Times story about how Tumblr can draw young people into contemporary activism. “Tumblr is kind of like a gateway drug for activism,” said Philip Howard, 44, the principal investigator at the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington. “Once you connect […]

TechPresident:  Bad News Bots
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TechPresident: Bad News Bots

(This originally appeared as “Bad News Bots” on Techpresident.)   It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and causeartificial […]

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#HashtagActivismMatters: Some experts see online-to-IRL change in police protests

Contributed to a Washington Post story on how hashtag activism can translate to policy change: This interplay between real-world events and online activism is what turns a catchy hashtag into a powerful slogan. “It tethers the conversation to things that really happened,” Howard said. Howard, who calls himself a “cyber-optimist,” […]

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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 […]