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222 Days of Platform Lockdown: Circumvention Culture, Digital Activism and Internet Censorship
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This work investigates internet censorship in Nigeria, describing experiences and citizens’ led circumvention practices following the ban of Twitter by the Nigerian government. Based on a quantitative survey and qualitative interview of active Twitter users in Lagos and Abuja Nigeria, the research realizes and categorizes circumvention practices embraced within the period of effecting the ban into technology, self-censorship, and platform jumping. This study further investigates how circumvention culture has become a form of digital activism and how the social media environment in democracies has experienced censorship within the last few decades.  Citizenry experiences and the complexities of the fight against platform lockdown and the role of digital activism prior to censorship are also analyzed. Internet censorship is new in Nigeria and has bred uncertainties among user practices and government censorship perseverance. This study contributes to a broader understanding of how circumvention practices have become cultural practices and experiences that emerge as embodied internet war against censorship and the preemptive and predictive conditions of the inefficiency of internet censorship policies in established democracies. 

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2022. , p. 81
Keywords [en]
Internet, Social Media, Twitter, Circumvention, Censorship, digital activism, democracy, Platform, Lockdown, Shutdown, social movements
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Media and Communications Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49604DiVA, id: diva2:1683456
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Media and Communication Studies
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Available from: 2022-07-19 Created: 2022-07-15 Last updated: 2022-07-19Bibliographically approved

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