Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for by Larry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner

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

Show description

Read or Download Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy (A Journal of Democracy Book) PDF

Best information technology books

The Tao of Computing, Second Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing)

Describing either the sensible information of curiosity to scholars and the high-level recommendations and abstractions highlighted by means of school, The Tao of Computing, moment variation offers a complete creation to desktops and computing device know-how. This version updates its renowned predecessor with new learn routines and accelerated dialogue questions.

Information Systems for Knowledge Management (Cognitive Science and Knowledge Management)

A growing number of companies have gotten conscious of the significance of tacit and specific wisdom owned by means of their individuals which corresponds to their adventure and amassed wisdom concerning the company actions. notwithstanding, contemplating the big quantity of data created and utilized in the association, specifically with the evolution of knowledge and communications applied sciences, the company needs to first make certain the explicit wisdom on which it can be crucial to concentration.

The Mobility Revolution in the Automotive Industry: How not to miss the digital turnpike

The web of items, cloud computing, hooked up autos, sizeable information, analytics — what does this need to do with the automobile undefined? This booklet offers information regarding the way forward for mobility tendencies due to digitisation, connectedness, personalisation and knowledge insights. The automobile is at the verge of present process a basic transformation.

Storage Area Network Administrator, Storage Architect, SAN Storage Engineer: Job Interview Bottom Line Practical Questions, Answers and advice for acing a SAN Storage job interview

Why this e-book: it's going to remind you of key SAN QuestionsStorage quarter Networks methods, counsel, evidence simply in timePerfect solutions to get employed for any SAN JobsSuccessful fibre channel SAN, NAS, activity InterviewStart & shut any SAN garage task Interview SuccessfullyIntended audience:This is meant for someone who's attending a SAN activity interview.

Extra info for Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy (A Journal of Democracy Book)

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.79 of 5 – based on 50 votes