By Larry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner

ISBN-10: 1421405679

ISBN-13: 9781421405674

ISBN-10: 1421405687

ISBN-13: 9781421405681

The revolutions sweeping the center East offer dramatic facts of the function that know-how performs in mobilizing citizen protest and upending probably invulnerable authoritarian regimes. A grainy mobile phone video of a Tunisian road vendor’s self-immolation helped spark the big protests that toppled longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Egypt’s "Facebook revolution" pressured the ruling regime out of strength and into exile.

While such "liberation expertise" has been instrumental in liberating Egypt and Tunisia, different cases—such as China and Iran—demonstrate that it may be deployed simply as successfully via authoritarian regimes trying to keep an eye on the web, stifle protest, and aim dissenters. This two-sided dynamic has trigger an excessive technological race among "netizens" tough freedom and authoritarians decided to maintain their grip on power.

Liberation Technology brings jointly state of the art scholarship from students and practitioners on the leading edge of this burgeoning box of analysis. An introductory part defines the controversy with a foundational piece on liberation know-how and is then by way of essays discussing the preferred dichotomy of "liberation" as opposed to "control" with reference to the web and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. extra chapters delve into the instances of person international locations: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.

This booklet additionally comprises in-depth research of particular applied sciences akin to Ushahidi—a platform built to rfile human-rights abuses within the wake of Kenya’s 2007 elections—and alkasir—a instrument that has been used greatly through the center East to avoid cyber-censorship.

Liberation Technology will end up a necessary source for all scholars trying to comprehend the intersection of knowledge and communications know-how and the worldwide fight for democracy.

Contributors: Walid Al-Saqaf, Daniel Calingaert, Ronald Deibert, Larry Diamond, Elham Gheytanchi, Philip N. Howard, Muzammil M. Hussain, Rebecca MacKinnon, Patrick Meier, Evgeny Morozov, Xiao Qiang, Rafal Rohozinski, Mehdi Yahyanejad

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