Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy by Johns Hopkins University Press (Hardback, 2012)
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- DescriptionThe revolutions sweeping the Middle East provide dramatic evidence of the role that techlogy 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 Techlogy 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 techlogical race between netizens demanding freedom and authoritarians determined to retain their grip on power. Liberation Techlogy 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 techlogy 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 techlogies 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 Techlogy will prove an essential resource for all students seeking to understand the intersection of information and communications techlogy 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 MacKinn, Patrick Meier, Evgeny Morozov, Xiao Qiang, Rafal Rohozinski and Mehdi Yahyanejad.
- Author BiographyLarry Diamond is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Marc F. Plattner is vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. Plattner and Diamond are coeditors of the Journal of Democracy.
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication10/08/2012
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleA Journal of Democracy Book
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note2, 2 figures
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byLarry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner
- Interest AgeFrom 13
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