By Larry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner
The revolutions sweeping the center East offer dramatic facts of the function that know-how performs in mobilizing citizen protest and upending likely invulnerable authoritarian regimes. A grainy cellphone video of a Tunisian road vendor’s self-immolation helped spark the large protests that toppled longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Egypt’s "Facebook revolution" pressured the ruling regime out of energy and into exile.
While such "liberation expertise" has been instrumental in releasing Egypt and Tunisia, different cases—such as China and Iran—demonstrate that it may be deployed simply as successfully by way of authoritarian regimes looking to keep an eye on the net, stifle protest, and aim dissenters. This two-sided dynamic has trigger an extreme technological race among "netizens" not easy freedom and authoritarians made up our minds to maintain their grip on power.
Liberation Technology brings jointly state of the art scholarship from students and practitioners on the vanguard of this burgeoning box of research. An introductory part defines the talk with a foundational piece on liberation expertise and is then by way of essays discussing the preferred dichotomy of "liberation" as opposed to "control" with reference to the web and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. extra chapters delve into the instances of person nations: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
This booklet additionally comprises in-depth research of particular applied sciences comparable to Ushahidi—a platform built to record human-rights abuses within the wake of Kenya’s 2007 elections—and alkasir—a instrument that has been used broadly in the course of the heart East to bypass cyber-censorship.
Liberation Technology will turn out a necessary source for all scholars trying to comprehend the intersection of data and communications know-how and the worldwide fight 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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