Empowering activists or autocrats? The Internet in authoritarian regimes

  title={Empowering activists or autocrats? The Internet in authoritarian regimes},
  author={Espen R{\o}d and Nils B. Weidmann},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={338 - 351}
The reported role of social media in recent popular uprisings against Arab autocrats has fueled the notion of ‘liberation technology’, namely that information and communication technology (ICT) facilitates organization of antigovernment movements in autocracies. Less optimistic observers, on the other hand, contend that ICT is a tool of repression in the hands of autocrats, imposing further restrictions on political and social liberties. We investigate whether the liberation- or the repression… Expand

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