Communication technology and contentious politics: Human rights, protest, and conflict in a digital world

From Iran to the Ukraine to the Arab Spring, New Media seems to have provided protesters on the streets with new means to voice their grievances and mobilise against repressive rulers. At the same time, governments from China to Turkey are steadily increasing censorship of the Internet. This course will focus specifically on the ways in which information and communication technology, including mobile phones, social media and geographical location tools has changed the opportunities, choices and incentives of activists, protest movements, armed organizations, and governments. It will cover recent studies in Political Science analyzing censorship, human rights documentation, protest dynamics, and conflict eruption in a comparative setting, and also touch upon important contributions from Communication Studies and Computer Science.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.

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