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[liberationtech] Stanford Liberationtech Seminar: Will revolution be tweeted? - Jan 29

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Fri Jan 23 13:14:45 PST 2015

From: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

The Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law

* The Program on Liberation Technology Seminar Series *
*Will the Revolution be Tweeted? Information & Communication Technology and
Conflict *

*Navid Hassanpour,*
Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG)

  Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

*S*chool of Education
Room 128
  FSI Contact
Kathleen Barcos

kbarcos at

Is communication technology conducive to collective violence? Recent
studies have provided conflicting answers to the same question. While some
see the introduction of cellular communication as a contributing factor to
civil conflict in Africa (Pierskalla and Hollenbach APSR 2013), others
ascribe an opposite effect to mobile communications in Iraq (Shapiro and
Weidmann IO forthcoming). During the talk, I will further explore the logic
behind "Why the revolution will not be tweeted", and argue that the answer
lies in contagion processes of collective action at the periphery, not the
hierarchical schemes of central coordination as was argued before. To
provide evidence, I will draw on historical accounts of social revolutions,
a GIS study of the Syrian Civil War, a convenience survey sample from the
2011 Egyptian Revolution, as well as network experiments of collective
risk-taking in a controlled setting.
Speaker Bio

Navid Hassanpour
<> (Ph.D.s
in Political Science from Yale'14, and Electrical Engineering from
Stanford'06) studies political contestation, in its contentious and
electoral forms. Following an inquiry into collective and relational
dimensions of contentious politics, currently he is working on a project
that examines the history, emergence, and the dynamics of representative
democracy outside the Western World. This year he is a Niehaus postdoctoral
fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of public and International
Affairs. His work has appeared in Political Communication as well as IEEE
Transactions on Information Theory. His book project, Leading from the
Periphery, is under consideration at Cambridge University Press' Structural
Analysis in the Social Sciences Series.
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