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Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

Liberation Technology Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy The revolutions sweeping the Middle East provide dramatic evidence of the role that technology plays in mobilizing citizen protest and upending seemingly invulnerable authoritarian regimes A grainy ce

  • Title: Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy
  • Author: Larry Jay Diamond Marc F. Plattner
  • ISBN: 9781421405681
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • The revolutions sweeping the Middle East provide dramatic evidence of the role that technology plays in mobilizing citizen protest and upending seemingly invulnerable authoritarian regimes A grainy cell phone video of a Tunisian street vendor s self immolation helped spark the massive protests that toppled longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Egypt s Facebook revoThe revolutions sweeping the Middle East provide dramatic evidence of the role that technology plays in mobilizing citizen protest and upending seemingly invulnerable authoritarian regimes A grainy cell phone video of a Tunisian street vendor s self immolation helped spark the massive protests that toppled longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Egypt s Facebook revolution forced the ruling regime out of power and into exile.While such liberation technology has been instrumental in freeing Egypt and Tunisia, other cases such as China and Iran demonstrate that it can be deployed just as effectively by authoritarian regimes seeking to control the Internet, stifle protest, and target dissenters This two sided dynamic has set off an intense technological race between netizens demanding freedom and authoritarians determined to retain their grip on power.Liberation Technology brings together cutting edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study An introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of liberation versus control with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.This book also includes in depth analysis of specific technologies such as Ushahidi a platform developed to document human rights abuses in the wake of Kenya s 2007 elections and alkasir a tool that has been used widely throughout the Middle East to circumvent cyber censorship.Liberation Technology will prove an essential resource for all students seeking to understand the intersection of information and communications technology and the global struggle for democracy.Contributors Walid Al Saqaf, Daniel Calingaert, Ronald Deibert, Larry Diamond, Elham Gheytanchi, Philip N Howard, Muzammil M Hussain, Rebecca MacKinnon, Patrick Meier, Evgeny Morozov, Xiao Qiang, Rafal Rohozinski, Mehdi Yahyanejad

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    1 thought on “Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

    1. In the past few years there has been a surge in political and social movements around the globe fueled in part by the proliferation of Information and Communications Technologies. Decades-long dictatorships have been overthrown and censorship policies challenged as more and more people demand greater rights and liberties. Social Media has served as an invaluable tool in many of these movements, providing a simple and inexpensive means to communicate, organize, and exchange ideas. However, these [...]

    2. I really liked this book. I think describe very well the reality and the power not just the social networks, but the internet in all of its dimensions.When the author describe what happened in some countries and what is happening in others; what the people got because of the social networks usage, and what the internet makes in favor of the freedom of the people, or even what is doing against them because of the manipulation of it from the autocratic governments. Let me see and perceive an idea [...]

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