Referent: Galina Zudenkova
Time: 09.00 am (Los Angeles time), 06.00 pm (Munich/Paris time), 01.00 am 11. February (Beijing time), 04:00 am 11. February (Sydney time)
Galina Zudenkova will present her paper titled "Information and Communication Technologies, Protests, and Censorship" (joint with Maxim Ananyev, Dimitrios Xefteris, and Maria Petrova).
Abstract of the paper
We develop a theory of information flows and political regime change, when citizens use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for both information acquisition and protest coordination. Governments can respond by obfuscation of citizens' signal or by restricting access to ICTs used for coordination. We find that introduction of communication technologies lowers the probability of regime survival, but this effect is weaker in economies that do not use ICTs for production. We also expect less competent governments to use coordination censorship, though this effect is weaker in economies that use ICTs extensively. Some high-frequency empirical evidence is consistent with our predictions.
Chair: Dan Kovenock, Co-Chair: Iryna Topolyan
Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen