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Emily Parker
Emily Parker

Emily Parker

Digital Diplomacy Adviser & Former State Department Official

Emily Parker is the author of “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground,” which tells the stories of internet activists in China, Cuba, and Russia. Parker was chief strategy officer at Parlio, a Silicon Valley start-up that aimed to bring civility to social media. Previously she was a member of the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she advised on internet freedom. Parker is a former staff writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal and a former editor at the New York Times. She is currently the co-founder of Longhash, a global blockchain start-up.

 

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“Ms. Parker is optimistic about the Internet's power to spread freedom. ‘Over the years,’ she writes, ‘blogs and social media helped to transform cowed, powerless individuals into revolutionaries.’”

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Emily Parker argues, “Social media platforms magnify our bad habits, even encourage them, but they don’t create them. Silicon Valley isn’t destroying democracy — only we can do that.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Emily Parker argues, “Social media platforms magnify our bad habits, even encourage them, but they don’t create them. Silicon Valley isn’t destroying democracy — only we can do that.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Emily Parker argues, “Excessive pessimism can cause people to lose faith in the power of social media as a tool of resistance, at a time when political activists need technology more than ever.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Emily Parker argues, “Where else do you have such immediate access to hundreds, thousands or even millions of people that agree with you? The key is to use social media for mobilization, not persuasion.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Emily Parker argues, “In the social-media age, protests are no longer ‘local.’”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Emily Parker argues, “Social media in Vietnam is not only limited to the organizing of large-scale protests. It also helps ordinary people press for accountability from officials.”

Sunday, June 1, 2014

On Russia, Emily Parker argues, “Social media sites such as Facebook and VK did not simply tell people where to go. Rather, these platforms had a powerful psychological effect. People would go online and see that tens of thousands of people had signed up to attend a demonstration. They would know that if they went out on the streets, they wouldn’t be alone.”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Emily Parker says social media doesn’t cause revolutions – but in the case of Egypt, it facilitated organization.