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Philip N. Howard

Philip N. Howard
Philip N. Howard teaches at the University of Washington. He directs the National Science Foundation-funded World Information Access Project (www.wiaproject.org) and the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (www.pitpi.org). His book, "The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam," is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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Women Win Big in Tunisia Vote

Post-dictatorship Tunisia’s recent election for assembly benefited women and showed the power of technology.

 

The Arab Spring’s Cascading Effects

The director of Project on Information Technology and Political Islam argues both the dangers of overemphasizing and ignoring the role of digital media in political change in Egypt and Tunisia.

 

Inside the Cyberwar for Iran’s Future

Armed with mobile phones and the Internet, trusted networks of family and friends spread the news of electoral fraud and escalating tensions in Iran, transfixing the world with photos and videos of demonstrations against the regime.

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