For Political Violence @ A Glance I wrote about the Internet Shutdowns in Gabon, and why they should worry us.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be leading a project that is part of a new research center on "human rights and information technology in the era of big data". The University of Essex has been awarded a grant of nearly £5 million from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a 5-year research center that will investigate the human rights implications of the collection, storage and use of big data. Representing the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, I will be taking the lead on a project that aims to examine the opportunities and challenges of using big data on human rights to adequately represent real world events.
My first dissertation chapter has been published at the Journal of Peace Research. It's titled Pulling the plug: Network disruptions and violence in civil conflict, and is currently freely available for download here. The paper is part of Special Issue on Communication, Technology, and Political Conflict (guest edited by Nils B Weidmann).
I wrote an accompanying post on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog that you can read here.
I am happy to report that I defended my dissertation in December 2014!
One of my chapters was the topic of the talk I gave at the 31st Chaos Communication Congress Meeting in Hamburg on the 28th of December. You can watch the talk here.
The talk and my findings were discussed in an article published by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The United Nations Human Rights Office has published an analysis of the documented killings in Syria I co-authored with Megan Price and Patrick Ball. The report covers the period from March 2011-April 2014 and concludes that over 191,000 identifiable killings have been reported for this time period. Many more victims are likely to have gone uncounted.
You can read the report here, the UN press release here, and a blog post by HRDAG that provides more context here.
The report has been covered by New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, the Washington Post and other news sources.
Vox and FiveThirtyEight have excellent write-ups about our work.