Using circumventing media to counteract authoritarian regimes.
- Gunilla Bradley
- Diane Whitehouse
- Gurmit Singh
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: PROCEEDINGS OF THE IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-DEMOCRACY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The purpose of this paper is to reflect on how potential circumventing media and communication technologies could potentially assist the information flow when authoritarian regimes decide to block the main channels, such as the Internet and the mobile phone networks. The point of departure is the recent Internet blackouts in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), such as Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. We discuss several applications that were developed as a re- sponse to state repression in these countries, and their future potential that would allow people to communicate more freely despite Internet and mobile network blackouts.
- Political Science
- Circumventing media
- social media
- citizen empowerment
IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-DEMOCRACY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
- Wahlgrenska stiftelsen
- Viral politik. Politisk mobilisering i sociala medier
- ISBN: 978-972-8939-36-6