Monthly Archives: April 2012

Interview on digital activism

The Washington University student newspaper did an interview with me about digital activism in light of the Kony 2012 affair. Here are a few excerpts from the article, “Exploring the effects of ‘Slacktivism’”: While Kony 2012 has been deemed one … Continue reading

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Celebrity activism and Kony2012

The website Opinio Juris asked me to write an article about Kony2012 as part of their expert symposium on social activism and international law. So of course I wrote about Justin Bieber: Kony2012 rose and fell on the power of … Continue reading

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Yahoo’s Murder Feed

My new article in the Atlantic is about how Yahoo’s algorithm decided I liked child murder, and what that says about the personalization of online experience: Opponents of the practice fear that filter bubbles prevent users from experiencing viewpoints other … Continue reading

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On Slacktivism

I have a new article for Al Jazeera English on perceptions of “slacktivism” in the Kony2012 and Trayvon Martin campaigns: Slacktivists are the hipsters of the digital world: everybody recognises them but no one claims to be one. The term … Continue reading

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