Using circumventing media to counteract authoritarian regimes.

Montathar Faraon, Samira Atashi, Mauri Kaipanen, Nils Gustafsson

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPROCEEDINGS OF THE IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-DEMOCRACY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
EditorsGunilla Bradley, Diane Whitehouse, Gurmit Singh
Pages251-254
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventIADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-DEMOCRACY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2011 Jul 202011 Jul 26

Conference

ConferenceIADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-DEMOCRACY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period2011/07/202011/07/26

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Circumventing media
  • decentralization
  • social media
  • citizen empowerment
  • uprising
  • revolution

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