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Dr Filippo Trevisan (American University, Washington) analyses the development of inclusivity in digital advocacy and political campaigns. He argues that digital inclusivity is tied to three key drivers: pressure from disability advocates, rise of the disability community as a voter for constituency, and mainstreaming disability in campaign organizations.


Presentation held at the YDAR Festival 2023, Day 3


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Dr. Filippo Trevisan is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He also serves as Deputy Director of AU’s Institute on Disability and Public Policy. His research explores the intersection of digital technology, advocacy, and activism. Much of his work focuses on digital disability advocacy and disabled people’s political participation through technology. He is the author of Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity (Routledge, 2017) and his next book Advocacy Campaigns and the Datafication of Stories (with Michael Vaughan and Ariadne Vromen) is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. He is the current chair of the Information Technology & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, Germany’s ZDF, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, and RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana.



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