Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring A Book Talk With Phil Howard and Muzammil Hussein
Monday, April 29, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
Book Talk with Phil Howard and Muzammil Hussein
April 29, 3-4:30 pm
National Democratic Institute, Washington DC
An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the world’s most entrenched dictators. Howard and Hussain find that the complex causal recipe includes several economic, political and cultural factors, but that digital media is consistently one of the most important sufficient and necessary conditions for explaining both the fragility of regimes and the success of social movements. This book looks at not only the unexpected evolution of events during the Arab Spring, but the deeper history of creative digital activism throughout the region.