Georgia State University

Georgia State University


Shawn Powers

 Shawn Powers Shawn Powers (PhD, University of Southern California, CV) specializes in international political communication, with particular attention to the geopolitics of information and technology policies. He’s currently wrapping up a book, The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom (University of Illinois Press). The Real Cyberwar outlines the historical genesis of the internet freedom movement, tracing its origins to modern day. Moving beyond debates about the democratic value of new and emerging media technologies, this project focuses on the political, economic and geopolitical factors driving internet freedom policies, with particular focus on the U.S. policy and the State Department’s emerging doctrine in support of a universal freedom to connect.

Powers is also closely affiliated with the University’s Transcultural Violence and Conflict initiative where he co-leads a project on Civic Approaches to Religious Conflict (with support from the British Council and the U.S. Institute of Peace). In addition, as an associate director at the Center for International Media Education, he is co-leading a project on Critical Thinking in Iraqi High Education (supported by the Open Society Foundations).

Powers co-directs the GSU study abroad program to Istanbul, Turkey titled, “Global Business and Media.” He is also an occasional commentator for CNN International, The Guardian, Russia Today and National Public Radio.

Previously, Powers was appointed to a visiting assistant professorship overseeing USC Annenberg’s London Program in conjunction with a research fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has been supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Department of State, among others.

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