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When Information Becomes Action: How Information Communication Technologies Affect Collective Action During Crises

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dc.contributor.advisor Flore, Thomas E
dc.contributor.author Martin-Shields, Charles Patrick
dc.creator Martin-Shields, Charles Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:16:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:16:11Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10582
dc.description.abstract Over the last 10 years, the dramatic increase in access to information communications technologies (ICTs) in developing countries has spurred popular efforts to use them for crisis response and violence prevention. As access to mobile phones and the internet has expanded, a key question remains: Do people actually use these tools for participation in governance processes? The results from my case studies and survey data strongly indicate that they do not. Even among groups we expect to be technologically savvy, for example the young, urban and/or wealthy, patterns of information gathering during crisis are still oriented toward traditional broadcast media and elite messaging. Instead, the evidence from my case studies and surveys indicate that people make decisions about the validity and actionability of information during crises based on complex social and political factors that are tangentially related to technology access.
dc.format.extent 255 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Charles Patrick Martin-Shields
dc.subject Political science
dc.subject Peace studies
dc.subject Public policy
dc.subject Collective Action
dc.subject Comparative Methods
dc.subject Crisis Management
dc.subject Institutions
dc.subject Technology
dc.title When Information Becomes Action: How Information Communication Technologies Affect Collective Action During Crises
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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