Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule (Google eBook)

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Carnegie Endowment, Nov 1, 2010 - Computers - 218 pages
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As the Internet diffuses across the globe, many have come to believe that the technology poses an insurmountable threat to authoritarian rule. Grounded in the Internet's early libertarian culture and predicated on anecdotes pulled from diverse political climates, this conventional wisdom has informed the views of policymakers, business leaders, and media pundits alike. Yet few studies have sought to systematically analyze the exact ways in which Internet use may lay the basis for political change. In O "pen Networks, Closed Regimes, " the authors take a comprehensive look at how a broad range of societal and political actors in eight authoritarian and semi-authoritarian countries employ the Internet. Based on methodical assessment of evidence from these cases --China, Cuba, Singapore, Vietnam, Burma, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt --the study contends that the Internet is not necessarily a threat to authoritarian regimes.

  

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It does a great job explaining why the Internet wont change societies. In fact, the book outline ways in which the context of use has to be such that change can occur. Without a concomitant set of ... Read full review

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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
13
Chapter 3
43
Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
135
Notes
155
Glossary
179
Bibliography
183
Index
201
Author bios
217
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About the author (2010)

Shanthi Kalathil is associate in the Information Revolution and World Politics Project at the Carnegie Endowment. A former Hong Kong-based journalist, she has written extensively on Asian politics in the information age. Taylor C. Boas is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously he worked at the Carnegie Endowment in the Information Revolution and World Politics Project.