Corrupting the Cyber-Commons: Social Media as a Tool of Autocratic Stability

@article{Gunitsky2015CorruptingTC,
  title={Corrupting the Cyber-Commons: Social Media as a Tool of Autocratic Stability},
  author={Seva Gunitsky},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  year={2015},
  volume={13},
  pages={42 - 54}
}
Non-democratic regimes have increasingly moved beyond merely suppressing online discourse, and are shifting toward proactively subverting and co-opting social media for their own purposes. Namely, social media is increasingly being used to undermine the opposition, to shape the contours of public discussion, and to cheaply gather information about falsified public preferences. Social media is thus becoming not merely an obstacle to autocratic rule but another potential tool of regime durability… Expand
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