Uncovering Authoritarian Rule with Cyber Technology: Estimating the Prevalence of Collective Action and Repression in Authoritarian Regimes with Unstructured Digital Data
We aim to develop a methodology to generate the first rigorous scientific measure of a variable of paramount importance to academics and public policy makers worldwide the prevalence, location, and scale of collective action events and repression of these events in authoritarian regimes. There is ongoing debate over whether cyber technologies threaten the survival of authoritarian regimes by facilitating collective action or whether authoritarian regimes are using cyber technologies to strengthen their rule. We propose to develop an independent measure of collective action and the regime’s repressive response to social mobilization by developing algorithms to detect these activities by using unstructured digital data, including images and text, generated by individuals who witness these events and publicly shared on social media platforms.
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