Hestres's research focuses on the intersection of technology, political communication and mobilization, Internet freedom, and social change. Topics he has researched include: how different types of advocacy organizations use the Internet to communicate with their supporters and mobilize them; how the policies and technical features that information intermediaries such as Facebook and Twitter implement affect freedom of expression online and the work of advocacy organizations; and the different ways that advocacy organizations communicate online with their supporters about climate change. Before pursuing his doctorate, Hestres worked as an online organizer at various nonprofits, and was most recently the Internet and Communications Director at the 1Sky climate campaign, which merged with 350.org in 2011.
Reviews the Apple App Store’s developer guidelines and approval process and analyzes their impact on freedom of expression online.
Analyzes the communication and mobilization strategies of two climate change advocacy groups and the strategic assumptions behind these choices.
Compares and contrasts the communication and mobilization strategies of new climate change advocacy groups and their legacy environmental counterparts.
Provides an overview of the fossil fuel divestment movement, including its intellectual and activist history, and well as arguments for and against the tactic.
Provides an overview of environmental advocacy activity in the last few years of the Obama administration and activists’ reaction to the Trump presidency.
Shows how the policies and features deployed by social media services such as Twitter and Facebook can affect the work of digital strategists at advocacy organizations.