PS: Political Science & Politics

Symposium: Technology, Data, and Politics

Authoritarianism Online: What Can We Learn from Internet Data in Nondemocracies?

Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Harvard University

What kind of Internet data is generated in authoritarian political environments? And how can political scientists use that data to better understand the dynamics of nondemocratic regimes?

Sheena Chestnut Greitens is a doctoral candidate in the department of government at Harvard University, where her work focuses on security studies and authoritarian government in Asia. Beginning in July 2013, she will be an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri. Greitens can be reached at