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.