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The Internet is Weakening Authoritarian States’ Information Control: Syria as a case study
Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1993-5696
2016 (English)In: Freedom of Expression and Media in Transition:: Studies and Reflections in the Digital Age / [ed] Ulla Carlsson, Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2016, p. 135-143Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Previous research has identified information control as one of the most common traits of authoritarian regimes. With the advent of the Internet, however, attempts the ability to maintain a total blackout of selected types of information, such as anti-regime messages, dissident videos, etc., has weakenedve weakened. This article uses Syria as a case study to illustrate that despite the country’s regime’s pervasive Internet censorship methods of blocking dozens of websites, access to those websites remained possible. This was due to the emergence of censorship circumvention tools, which the present author argues are a form of liberation technology.

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Gothenburg: Nordicom, 2016. p. 135-143
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liberation technology, information control, Syria, authoritarianism, censorship circumvention tools, Alkasir, Internet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34536ISBN: 978-91-87957-22-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34536DiVA: diva2:1180083
Available from: 2018-02-04 Created: 2018-02-04 Last updated: 2018-02-06Bibliographically approved

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