Blogs & Bullets III: Twitter Evolutions: Understanding the Changing Role of Social Media in War and Protest

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February 24, 2014

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Summary: In the early days of the Arab Spring, many hailed digital media as revolutionary tools for democracy and peacebuilding. Three years later as the region still struggles with authoritarian retrenchment and civil war, social media continue to play an important, if far more complex, role in ongoing events. Meanwhile, protest movements in parts of Europe - especially Turkey and Ukraine - are providing intriguing and complicated examples of digitally-active protest movements and recalcitrant governments.

Authors:

  • Sean Aday, director of IPDGC, associate professor of media and public affairs, GW
  • Henry Farrell, associate professor of political science, GW
  • Marc Lynch, associate professor of political science and international affairs, GW
  • John Sides, associate professor of political science, GW
  • Deen Freelon, assistant professor of communication, American University

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