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Social media received a lot of credit for facilitating mass protests against despotic governments in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, authoritarian regimes in China, Russia and beyond are becoming increasingly savvy about using tech innovations to further their own ends. In this must-read essay, a group of political scientists use data from the Mass Mobilization Project to warn of a rising technology-powered autocratic wave threatening to repress dissent and undermine democracy around the world. Their findings will fascinate anyone interested in the intersection of politics and technology.
About the Authors
Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Erica Frantz is assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University. Joseph Wright is professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University.