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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted? Accountability, Social Media, and State Power
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Mr. Matthew Carroll
 
Research Assistant at the RAND Corporation
 
Matthew Carroll started tracking social networks as they relate to protest movements in the dumbphone era while observing activists’ use of text messaging to coordinate pro-democracy demonstrations during the Orange Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine in 2004 and in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2005. Since then, he has followed the effects of twitter, facebook and viral videos on counter-authoritarian social movements across the globe. His current focus is on the Syrian conflict, where rival factions have used youtube and other video sharing websites as forums for propaganda, recruiting and international outreach.
 
Currently a research assistant at the RAND Corporation, Matthew holds a B.A. in Journalism Penn State University and an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics with a concentration in American Foreign Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to his position at RAND, Matthew worked in an entrepreneurial, media/publishing and business development capacity in the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf region, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania. His regional interests include Eurasia  (Russia, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe), the Middle East and China. In addition to media, he has researched topics that include counterterrorism, intelligence policy, Air Force strategy and doctrine, energy, infrastructure, global trade and political risk. He is also struggling speaker of Russian and Washington Nationals fan.
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Ms. Yael Bar-Tur
 
Director of Marketing for Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces
 
Yael Bar-tur was born and raised on the coast of Israel and has spent many years focused on the nexus of security and communications, with an emphasis on social media. At the age of 18 she was drafted to the Israeli Defense Force, where she served as a liaison to the foreign press during a time of heightened conflict. She then volunteered for reserve duty on Israel's Northern border during the war with Hezbollah in 2006 and once again in 2010 at the IDF field hospital in Port-Au-Prince following the Haiti earthquake.
 
Yael worked for three years at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles  She holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Over the summer of 2011, Yael worked for New York City Police Department as a Strategic Analyst, and wrote her Master's thesis for the Department on improving community relations through the use of social media along with Alejandro Alves (USMA ‘05). Since 2012, Yael has been Director of Marketing for Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, a 501(c)3 based in New York City.