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Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?
Social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring. A spike in online revolutionary conversations often preceded major events on the ground. Social media helped spread
Democracy's Fourth Wave?: Digital Media and the Arab Spring
List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgements Dedication Introduction Chapter 1: Digital Media and the Arab Spring Chapter 2: The Recent History of Digital Media and Dissent Chapter 3: Information
Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum
It is found that political bots have a small but strategic role in the referendum conversations: the family of hashtags associated with the argument for leaving the EU dominates, different perspectives on the issue utilize different levels of automation, and less than 1 percent of sampled accounts generate almost a third of all the messages.
Days and Nights on the Internet
For a growing cohort of Americans, Internet tools have become a significant conduit of social life and work life. The surveys of the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2000 show that more than
Reply to Evgeny Morozov's review of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam
  • P. Howard
  • Political Science
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 21 September 2010
Morozov is absolutely right to point out that other countries—not in the set analyzed in Digital Origins—might reveal different paths toward or away from democratic government. But a quick look at
Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often
The IRA, Social Media and Political Polarization in the United States, 2012-2018
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Deep Democracy, Thin Citizenship: The Impact of Digital Media in Political Campaign Strategy
  • P. Howard
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • 1 January 2005
Digital media strategies are a crucial component of contemporary political campaigns. Established political elites use database and Internet technologies to raise money, organize volunteers, gather
The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia: The Role of Digital Media
Abstract:During the "Arab Spring," young tech savvy activists led uprisings in a dozen countries across North Africa and the Middle East. At first, digital media allowed democratization movements to