** New Article in Al Jazeera about the role of drones in
conflicting narratives over the struggle for Aleppo. **
Internet Tax Protest. Budapest, Hungary. 2014
How do social movements use new technology? When do they use old technology? I’m particularly fascinated by the way new (and old) technologies open new space for control and resistance. I’ve started exploring this space on my own through a new drone lab, and with balloons, kites, and a sense of adventure. Very early work on the topic was published by the Columbia Journal of International Affairs and can be found here.
This work started out at Central European University’s School of Public Policy, where I collaborated with graduate students to develop a drone-based method for estimating crowd size in the wake of the largest protests Hungary had seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. The technical paper won a best paper award at HumTech, a leading conference on humanitarian technology. The article can be downloaded here. An article connecting this method to the broader social science scholarship on protest size is available here.
This project continues at USD and I have added balloons and kites to my suite of tools. A new team taught interdisciplinary course on the intersection of Engineering and Peace Studies is being developed with funding awarded under NSF funding for my institution’s general engineering program.
Much of this work is connected to the Good Drone Lab, which has been mentioned in iRevolution and Fast Company and won an industry award from drone manufacturer DJI. Some early thinking appears as articles in Slate and everything plus the kitchen sink is going into a book, tentatively titled Protest Tech.