Over the past several months events in the Middle East and elsewhere in the developing world have placed an international spotlight on the role of social media in facilitating and resisting social change. Communication researchers should be at the center of efforts to understand these events. A special issue of the Journal of Communication will be devoted to this exciting and important topic. Prof. Philip Howard, whose recent book, The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam, makes an important contribution to our understanding of the “Arab Spring”, has agreed to serve as Guest Co-editor of a special issue planned for early 2012. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2011. Please, contact Prof. Philip Howard (pnhoward@uw.edu) or Malcolm (Mac) Parks (macp@uw.edu) if you have further questions.

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