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Twitter and the Rebranding of Narendra Modi

September 24, 2015

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has almost 15 million followers on Twitter and over almost 30 million “likes” on Facebook, making him among the most followed politicians on social media.

Journalism from below in the Digital Age with P. Sainath

May 6, 2015

The People's Archive of Rural India combines text, audio, video, and photographs to present what is both a living journal and a growing online archive.

Technology for Social Benefit and Civic Engagement: CITRIS and the Data & Democracy Initiative

February 14, 2014

AbstractSocial media and new technology are being harnessed for social benefit in contexts from healthcare, economic development, and sustainable energy to civic engagement and government...

"The Family of Man" and the Politics of Attention in Cold War America

February 7, 2014

  AbstractIn 1955, the Museum of Modern Art mounted one of the most widely seen – and widely excoriated – photography exhibitions of all time, The Family of Man.

The Unintended Consequences of Internet Diffusion: Evidence from Malaysia

October 10, 2013

Abstract: Can the introduction of the Internet undermine incumbent power in a semi-authoritarian regime?

Crowdsourcing in Policy-Making: The Impact of Blended Expertise on Law-Making Process

October 3, 2013

AbstractThis talk reports on a study about the impact of crowdsourcing on a law-making process in Finland.

Round table with Internet Freedom Fellows

March 14, 2013

The Internet Freedom Fellows program brings human rights activists from across the globe to Geneva, Washington, and Silicon Valley to meet with fellow activists, U.S.

What Tahrir Square Has Done For Social Media: Stories from the Arab Spring

March 14, 2013

Abstract: While the debate rages on regarding the role of social media technologies within the Egyptian revolution of 2011, and more generally the larger wave of ‘Arab Spring’ protests, the more...

Understanding the Pax Technica: Social Media, Big Data, and the New Rules of Global Power Politics

February 15, 2013

AbstractEach week brings new stories of how people use digital media to break the rules of political power.

The Folly of Technological Solutionism

January 25, 2013

Abstract He will preview some of the main arguments about the temptations of "solutionism" from his upcoming book "To Save Everything, Click Here." Now that everything is smart, hackable and...

Cash Rules Everything Around Me: The Commercialization of Online Spying

November 30, 2012

Abstract The so-called "Arab Spring" saw politically and economically disenfranchised citizens take advantage of new tools such as social media and smartphones to break the state’s monopoly on...

Rumor as Resistance

November 1, 2012

AbstractAt the end of February 2012, the number of mobile subscribers topped 1 billion in China, an average of around four out of every five people, and this number never stops increasing.

The Power of 'Open': Collective Intelligence, Crowdsourcing and Co-creation

October 18, 2012

AbstractThe manifestations of 'open' are permeating the society enabled by the rise of participatory culture and improved communication technologies.

Following Africa’s Lead: Opportunities and Threats of the Mobile Internet Revolution

October 11, 2012

***** NOTE: CHANGE OF LOCATION*****AbstractThe mobile Internet — accessed through smartphones, tablets, and 4G technology — is now set to overtake the wired Net in usage and users.

The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy

October 4, 2012

AbstractOnline politics is neither limited to "clicktivism" nor comprised of "organizing without organizations."  In Dave Karpf's new book, he presents evidence that the new media environment has...

Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama and the 2012 Elections

September 27, 2012

AbstractDrawing on open-ended interviews with more than sixty political staffers, accounts of practitioners, and fieldwork, in this talk I present the previously untold history of the uptake of new...

Tools of Change: How the Internet Helped Shape the Arab Spring

February 24, 2012

AbstractThe Internet has served as a tool in the struggle for freedom in the Arab Spring uprisings, from Tunisia--where bloggers made sure the struggle was heard around the world--to Syria, where...

An Evening With the Knights

February 17, 2012

Abstract:Stanford’s Knight fellowship program offers a unique opportunity for experienced journalists a space to rethink journalism by providing the space and time to innovate.

Strategies and Support for a Global Open Internet

February 10, 2012

Kathleen Reen is the Vice-President for Asia and New Media Programs with Internews.

Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt's Youth Movement, 2008—2012

January 20, 2012

AbstractTwo and half years before there was anything called the “Arab Spring,” Wired contributing editor David Wolman traveled to Egypt to research and write about tech-savvy dissidents protesting...

Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future

November 11, 2011

Abstract The Internet is now approaching near-ubiquity as a method for gathering, distributing and obtaining the news.

Layers of Networks: How the Street, Institutions, and Mediascape Converge in Egypt

October 20, 2011

AbstractRunning across freeways with labor organizers, speaking with taxi drivers and laborers, and visiting rural areas of Egypt convinced me during my fieldwork that neither social media...

Social Media in Democratic Mobilization in Egypt: New Trends

May 20, 2011

A lot of ink has been spilled on the role of social media in the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, but a lot less has been said on its role in Egypt’s future.

The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

March 11, 2011

Do new information technologies advance democratization?  Among the diverse countries with large Muslim communities, how do such technologies provide capacities and constraints on institutional...