How Social Media Undermines Transitions to Democracy
As part of its ongoing Blogs and Bullets project, PeaceTech Lab analyzed the role of social media in Egypt's failed attempt to transform an effective uprising into a successful democratic transition. The study drew from unique Twitter and Facebook datasets to determine how social media was used with different effect during and following Egypt's intense periods of protest. This report primarily focuses on how three key mechanisms of social media operated in Egypt's transitional environment: clustering, fear, and translation. The Blogs and Bullets project is conducted in partnership with George Washington University's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.
See what authors Marc Lynch, Deen Freelon, and Sean Aday had to say in The Washington Post.