Assessing the Impact of Social Media and State Surveillance on Urban Protests

How have new digital media platforms and technologies shaped and influenced how and where protests and public demonstrations occur? And what do the changes in location and method of demonstration imply for the future of urban social movements and, more broadly, the use of public space?

In a new paper for Urban Geography, Andrew Stokols leverages network analysis and spatial analysis to consider how new social media technologies, strengthening of state surveillance of physical as well as digital space, and collective learning from the perceived failures of past movements influenced the 2019-2020 protests in Hong Kong. Learn more via Stokols' full paper, "From the square to the shopping mall: new social media, state surveillance, and the evolving geographies of urban protest.” 

Stokols is a doctoral candidate whose research interests bridge political economy, history, urban design, and science and technology studies. Learn more about his background and current research, here.