Phil Howard contributed to a story in New York Times by Valeriya Safronova about how Tumblr can draw young people into contemporary activism.

 “Tumblr is kind of like a gateway drug for activism,” said  Philip Howard, 44, the principal investigator at the Digital  Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.  “Once you connect to other people who feel strongly about  race or crime or gay marriage, you stay engaged on that one issue area.”