Social Media and Protest

Oslo Lectures on Peace and Conflict

Time: Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:00-13:30
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Social Media and Protest
Photo: Alisdare Hicksonn / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

​In this seminar we will discuss the findings resulting in the book The Internet and Political Protest in Autocracies, written by Nils B. Weidmann and Espen Geelmuyden Rød. Their research has studied this in the context of the Arab Spring.

  • A light lunch will be served from 11:30
PRIO and the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo invite you to a seminar:

​About the book:

  • Presents a new theory for why the Internet can foster protest but also prevent it
  • Introduces a new dataset on political protest in autocracies
  • Presents a fine-grained, disaggregated study of political protest at the level of cities in more than 60 autocratic countries
  • Illustrates how autocratic control of the population increasingly employs digital tactics

The Oslo Lectures on Peace and Conflict


Co-hosted by the University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the series marks the mutual commitment of the two institutions to collaborate in ensuring Oslo's future as the leading hub for scholarly insight on peace and conflict, manifested in education, research, and interaction with policy-makers and practitioners, as well as engagement in public debate.