Media Mentions

The overlooked conflict that altered the nature of war in the 21st century. Vox. June 3, 2024.

What a TikTok ban could mean for UW . UW Daily. May 14, 2024.

When do we get to stop caring about Twitter? . UW Daily. November 20, 2023.

How teachers and students feel about A.I.. The New York Times. August 24, 2023.

Parents open social media accounts for newborn babies. The Times of London. April 7, 2023.

How Revenge Porn is Used to Silence Dissidents in Azerbaijan. OCCRP. April 4, 2023.

How much blame does social media bear?. KUOW. January 13, 2023.

Hot take on Seattle schools social media lawsuit: ‘Moral panic’. KUOW Soundside (interview). January 13, 2023.

Faculty Feature: Katy Pearce. UW Libraries Blog. December 19, 2022.

The Internet Is at Risk of Driving Women Away. Wired. December 15, 2022.

JCMC: The Discussion Section Ep. 1 – The Evolution of Social Media. ICA Podcasts. November 11, 2022.

Here to Stay: New C.D.C. rules and a conversation about long Covid and mental health. New York Times. August 12, 2022.

Long covid blues. Quartz. August 6, 2022.

The Solace, Despair, and Disinformation of Long Covid Internet Communities . Culture Study [interview]. July 31, 2022.

Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Report. Military REACH newsletter. July 10, 2022.

What you should know: Wordle. The Hawk Newspaper. February 8, 2022.

Wordle and the future of the internet’s favorite word game. NPR’s On Point [radio interview]. February 4, 2022.

What Makes Wordle So Popular? Psychologists Explain Its Appeal. GameSpot. February 1, 2022.

Wordle. KNX In Depth [radio interview]. February 1, 2022.

Why Is Everyone Suddenly Playing Wordle? Psychologists Explain. Inc. January 30, 2022.

Wordle is a deceptively easy game for burnt-out pandemic shut-ins. Vox. January 20, 2022.

Parents Coping with Pandemic Stress with Animal Crossing. Sesame Workshop Blog. July 7, 2021. (authored)

The duality of man: How burner accounts construct complex online identities. UW Daily. February 28 2021.

Remove or restore? Facebook Oversight Board wades into South Caucasus culture dispute. Thomson Reuters Foundation News. December 4, 2020.

While Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, their citizens battled on social media. Washington Post, The Monkey Cage Blog. December 4, 2020. (authored)

“I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation. Buzzfeed News. September 14, 2020.

Sweeping internal Facebook memo: “I have blood on my hands”. Ars Technica. September 14, 2020.

Next Step in Disinformation: How a Dating App Becomes a Weapon. Just Security. March 21, 2019.

Facebook Live Reshapes Election Campaigning in Armenia. Armenian Weekly. December 5, 2018.

Unpacking Armenian Studies – Dr. Katy Pearce 11/5/2018. November 5, 2018. (audio interview)

Azerbaijan’s State-Sponsored Trolls Silence Dissent and Make It Look Like Democracy. New York Magazine. October 22, 2018. (interview)

How Should Colleges Respond to Politics in Letters of Recommendation?. Chronicle of Higher Education. October 10, 2018.

A Global Guide to State Sponsored Trolling. Bloomberg. July 19, 2018.

Here’s what political science can tell us about that Trump-Putin press conference.The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. July 17, 2018.

Livestreaming Armenia’s “velvet revolution”. Eurasianet. May 1, 2018. (authored)

A Follow Up On Op-Ed: ‘Facebook Wins, Democracy Loses’. NPR Morning Edition. December 26, 2017.

Gay men and trans women were suddenly rounded up in Azerbaijan. Here’s why. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. October 14, 2017. (authored)

How Russia Weaponizes Fake News. Foxtrot Alpha. March 8, 2017.

Spy Games: How The Spectre of Surveillance Impacts Moscow’s Foreigners. Moscow Times. January 19, 2017.

‘Kompromat’ and the Danger of Doubt and Confusion in a Democracy. New York Times. January 15, 2017.

Washington Post: KQB şantajının bariz nümunəsi – Azərbaycan. Azadliq. January 14, 2017.

Kompromat used to be a KGB tool in the Soviet Union. Now anyone can collect dirty data. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. January 13, 2017. (authored)

Vətənpərvər trolların hədəfində. Meydan TV. November 29, 2016.

In the crosshairs of Azerbaijan’s patriotic trolls. Open Democracy. November 22, 2016.

The Case for Outcast Media. Foreign Policy. October 18, 2016.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Who Won the Media War?. EurasiaNet. April 18, 2016.

Why aren’t women getting online in Azerbaijan?. (interview). November 25, 2015.

Global Internet Access For The Next Four Billion. NPR’s On Point. September 24, 2015.

The Bear in the Room. Foreign Policy. July 30, 2015.

Атака клонов: зачем власти дискредитируют интернет. РБК. July 23, 2015.

#ElectricYerevan Protesters Give Cops the Finger Amid Showdown Over Rate Hike. Foreign Policy. June 24, 2015.

Facebook Lite offers similar mobile experience, but at lower cost. Christian Science Monitor. June 9, 2015.

Tweet or Treat. Medium. December 1, 2014.

When Your Government Trolls You: A #PDF14 Conversation on Memes and Movements. TechPresident. June 6, 2014.

Researching the sharp edges of the Internet’s double-edged sword: Katy Pearce on how governments can turn the power of the web back on people. Mobilisation Lab. June 5, 2014.

Everyone Is Getting Turkey’s Twitter Block Wrong. Medium. March 22, 2014.

Meme und Emojis als Weltsprachen: Achtung, jetzt kommt ein Witz. Der Spiegel. March 9, 2014.

Azerbaijan Post-Election Report and What Comes Next. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. October 15, 2013. (authored with Farid Guliyev)

Can Social Media Level the Playing Field in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes? Azerbaijani Pre-Election Report, part II. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. October 7, 2013. (authored with Farid Guliyev)

The Challenges of Electoral Competition in an Oil Rich State: Azerbaijani Pre-Election Report. The Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage Blog. October 6, 2013. (authored with Farid Guliyev)

The dangers of online criticism in Azerbaijan. Al Jazeera English. August 26, 2013.

Two Can Play at This Game: Opposition Laughtivism & Government Trolling in Azerbaijan. July 6, 2013. (authored with Adnan Hajizada)

To each their own: China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere. The Economist. April 6, 2013.

Azerbaijan government worried by Facebook activism. Institute for War and Peace Reporting. April 2, 2013. ( repost)

Azeri statue tour comes to Montenegro. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. March 15, 2013. ( repost)

Azerbaijani opposition blogger says ‘Democratic Revolution’ is approaching. Radio Free Europe. March 6, 2013. (EurasiaNet repost)

Work, happiness and women in the Caucasus. IANYAN Magazine. March 5, 2013. (authored)

Victory or defeat: Questions remain in Armenia’s 2013 presidential elections. IANYAN Magazine. February 19, 2013.

Criticism of president provokes e-mail avalanche from Azerbaijan. Radio Free Europe. January 23, 2013. (In French)

Why technology penetration rates are worthless. Radio Free Europe. December 21, 2012. (authored)

Baku hosts Internet Governance Forum. Central Asia-Caucasus Institute. December 12, 2012.

Gulnara Karimova takes the fight To Twitter. Radio Free Europe. November 30, 2012.

Is there Internet freedom in Azerbaijan?. November 23, 2012. (interview)

Azerbaijan: Can Facebook become substitute for live opposition protests? EurasiaNet. November 19, 2012.

Attention-seeking in Azerbaijan AlJazeera. September 23, 2012.

Deep dive: Filling in the gaps — Reading the Ramil Safarov case In Azerbaijan. Radio Free Europe. September 10, 2012. (EurasiaNet repost) (authored)

The Safarov triangle: A primer, part I. IANYAN Magazine. September 5, 2012.

Slideshow: Remembering Armenia’s Pak Shuka market. IANYAN Magazine. June 16, 2012.

Internet Activism? Let’s Look at the Specifics. CATO Unbound. May 11, 2012.

How Azerbaijan demonizes the Internet To keep citizens offline. Slate. May 11, 2012. (authored with Sarah Kendzior)

How Azerbaijan’s government crushes online dissent. Radio Free Europe. March 14, 2012.

Armenia: Building a wired world, slowly but surely. EurasiaNet. June 13, 2011.

Internet penetration in Armenia tripled in past 2 years: Caucasus Barometer. May 12, 2011.

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