Information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly social media such as Twitter, Facebook or messenger services like Telegram, play an increasingly important role in political crises and conflicts. Especially since the Arab Spring in 2011, ICTs have been used by various actors to organize for protests, share war propaganda, spread disinformation, or generate attention. In my research, I empirically investigate how ICTs are used in political crises. I am interested in both risks and potentials. I plan to explore the relationship between transformation processes and technical applications in more detail and find out to what extent ICTs have an impact on the transformation of political violence.
Research Area Forms: 1.2 New Forms of Polital Violence and Technological Change