Blogs and Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change



Marc Lynch, George Washington University
Clay Shirky, New York University
Olivia Ma, YouTube
Larry Diamond, Stanford University

Date and Time

February 24, 2011 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

FSI Contact

Kathleen Barcos

Moderator: Sheldon Himefarb, United States Institute of Peace

From WikFileaks revelations to claims of "Twitter revolutions," the role of new media in shaping global political action is one of the most discussed but least understood phenomena confronting scholars, policymakers, advocates, and the private sector. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made "digital democracy" a cornerstone of U.S. diplomacy; grassroots organizations like Ushahidi are crowdsourcing everything from protest to disaster relief; and corporations like Cisco and Google are increasingly making news for their role in international development and commerce.

Everyone seems to agree new and social media matter. Less clear is how, when, and why.

In a continuing effort to find answers to these questions, George Washington University, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Liberation Technology Program of Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law present a panel to discuss the latest approaches to understanding the role of new media in fostering peace, conflict, and political change. The panel will consider research work in progress, stories from the front lines of diplomacy 2.0, and private sector approaches to facilitating new social media.


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Marc Lynch
Clay Shirky
Olivia Ma
Larry Diamond