Monthly Archives: January 2014

New research questions assumptions of “liberation technology”

A new research study has come out that calls into question the often held conviction that mobile access will improve lives, reduce conflict and provide stabilizing communication channels — mainstays in the media development agenda. For more on the research and to read the article go to:

Jan H. Pierskalla and Florian M. Hollenbach, “Technology and Collective Action: The Effect of Cell Phone Coverage on Political Violence in Africa,” American Political Science Review, 107, 2013.

Also check out the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s write up of the article at: