Blogs & Bullets

In partnership with the Centers of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding and Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace, this report series explore ways to utilize quantitative and analytical tools to map online discourse and content in international conflict areas. Each reports is released through a yearly panel event held at USIP featuring the authors and other commentators.

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA UNDERMINES TRANSITIONS TO DEMOCRACY

Summary: As part of its ongoing Blogs and Bullets project, PeaceTech Lab analyzed the role of social media in Egypt's failed attempt to transform an effective uprising into a successful democratic transition. The study drew from unique Twitter and Facebook datasets to determine how social media was used with different effect during and following Egypt's intense periods of protest. This report primarily focuses on how three key mechanisms of social media operated in Egypt's transitional environment: clustering, fear, and translation. 

Authors

  • Sean Aday, associate professor of media and public affairs, GW
  • Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, professor of political science and international affairs, GW
  • Deen Freelon, assistant professor of communication, American University

Past reports