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Communication technology and reports on political violence: Cross-national evidence using African events data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)In: Political research quarterly, ISSN 1065-9129, E-ISSN 1938-274X, Vol. 70, no 1, 19-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The spread of Internet and mobile phone access around the world has implications for both the processes of contentious politics and subsequent reporting of protest, terrorism, and war. In this paper, we explore whether political violent events that occur close to modern communication networks are systematically better reported than others. Our analysis approximates information availability by the level of detail provided about the date of each political violent event in Africa from 2008 to 2010 and finds that although access to communication technology improves reporting, the size of the effect is very small. Additional investigation finds that the effect can be attributed to the ability of journalists to access more diverse primary sources in remote areas due to increased local access to modern communication technology.

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2017. Vol. 70, no 1, 19-31 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331009DiVA: diva2:1148085
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-10

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