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ICA Preconference 2017

The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics:

Comparative Perspectives


Time & Venue

Date: 25.5.2017
Time: 9 am 5 pm
Location: San Diego Hilton Bayfront, 2, Indigo 204B

Thursday 25th May

9:00 10:00: Panel discussion: Comparing Political Communication Across Authoritarian

Contexts: Challenges and Perspectives

Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy)

Muzammil M. Hussain (University of Michigan, USA)
Svetlana Bodrunova (Saint Petersburg University, Russia)

Moderator: Florian Toepfl (FU Berlin, Germany)

10:00 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 12:30 Panel I: Media Systems in (Semi)Authoritarian States: Results from

Comparative Studies

Marcus Michaelsen (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Netherlands)

Stemming the Tide: Authoritarian State Responses to Internet-Enabled Protests

Muzammil M. Hussain, Vishnupriya Das, Fan Liang, Nadiya Kostyuk, Wei Chen, Nicholas
Moore (University of Michigan, USA)
High-Tech Governance through Big Data Surveillance: Tracing the Development of India
and Chinas Population-Data Infrastructures, 2000-Present

Michael Meyen, Kerem Schamberger (LMU Munich, Germany)

Authoritarian Media Steering in the Internet Age. A Comparative Study of 18 Mass Media

Florian Toepfl, Anna Litvinenko (FU Berlin, Germany)

Mapping Comment Sections of News Websites across Authoritarian and Non-Authoritarian

Chair: Terhi Rantanen (London School of Economics, UK)

12:30 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 14:30 Panel II: Political Communication and New Media in Authoritarian Contexts:
Case Studies

Juana Du (Royal Roads University, Canada), Hongzhong Zhang (Beijing Normal University,
Media Credibility: A Comparison between Privately Owned Websites and State-Owned CCTV
in the Context of China

Yusi Liu (Zhejiang University, China)

The Changing Mediated Environment and Collective Memory of Netizens in Authoritarian
China: Revisit the Critical Period Hypothesis, Digital Immigrants, and Digital Shock

14.30 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 16.00

Sarah Oates (University Maryland, USA)

Mapping Russian Propaganda in a Rewired World: Leveraging the Analytic Power of
Strategic Narrative and Computational Linguistics

Daniela Stockmann (Hertie School of Governance, Germany), Ting Luo (Leiden University,
Which Social Media Facilitate Online Public Opinion in China?

Chair: Anna Litvinenko (FU Berlin, Germany)

16:00 16:30 Final remarks

The preconference is organized by the Emmy Noether research group

Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World,
Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Contact: Anna Litvinenko (,
Florian Toepfl (