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Information and Communications Technology and Ethnic Conflict in Myanmar: Organizing for Violence or Peace?
by Bergren, Anne, M.A., The George Washington University, 2016, 98; 10015150
Abstract (Summary)

This study contributes to body of research that tests the effect of mobile phone signal coverage on the probability of violent collective action by shifting the level of analysis to a single country—Myanmar. The analysis uses a random effects logistic model of time-series cross-sectional data to test whether mobile phone availability has a significant effect on the probability of conflict among ethnic groups given their spatial and non-spatial characteristics, including: population density, territory type, and political and religious status. This study presents a nuanced, historical view of Myanmar and explores how future levels of conflict could change with the expansion of information and communications technology (ICT). While the findings are exploratory and preliminary, as mobile coverage data across a wider timeframe becomes available for Myanmar, these tests can be easily replicated to achieve more robust and statistically significant results.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bailard, Catie
Commitee: Fink, Christina
School: The George Washington University
Department: International Affairs
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Burma, Collective action, Ethnic conflict, Ict, Information and communications technology, Myanmar
Publication Number: 10015150
ISBN: 978-1-339-49051-9
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