The Digital Origins of Democracy [Recommended Event]

7 Sep

The School of Media and Public Affairs at GW invites you to a guest lecture by Associate Professor Phil Howard, University of Washington:  Leading expert on the role of new information technologies in political systems

“The Digital Origins of Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam

Do new information technologies advance democratization?  Among the diverse countries with large Muslim communities, how do such technologies provide capacities and constraints on institutional change?  What are the ingredients of the modern recipe for democratic transition or democratic entrenchment? Globally, one in ten internet users is a Muslim living in a populous Muslim community. With evidence from fieldwork in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Tajikistan and Tanzania, and using the latest statistical models, he demonstrates that communications technologies have played a crucial role in advancing democracy in Muslim countries.

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 4:00 PM

Marvin Center, Room 302

RSVP Required: http://philhowardsmpa.eventbrite.com

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