Katy Pearce and I have a new article on social media in Azerbaijan. For Slate, we discuss how the Azerbaijani government is clamping down on the internet before Eurovision. Instead of censoring the internet outright, they are waging a propaganda campaign to make internet use synonymous with criminality, deviance and treason. For parts of the population, it appears to be working. Read the full article here.
On May 23-24, I’m going to be presenting Katy’s and my research on Azerbaijan at Google’s Internet at Liberty conference in Washington, DC. Before that, I’m heading to the University of Manchester May 17-18 to talk about spying and political paranoia on the Uzbek internet. Meanwhile, Katy is going to be presenting our Azerbaijan research May 19 at the conference for the American Association of Public Opinion Research, where we won the award for top graduate student paper.