The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam

The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam

by Philip N. Howard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199736413

ISBN-13: 9780199736416

Pub. Date: 09/21/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Around the developing world, political leaders face a dilemma: the very information and communication technologies that boost economic fortunes also undermine power structures. Globally, one in ten internet users is a Muslim living in a populous Muslim community. In these countries, young people are developing political identities online, and digital

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Overview

Around the developing world, political leaders face a dilemma: the very information and communication technologies that boost economic fortunes also undermine power structures. Globally, one in ten internet users is a Muslim living in a populous Muslim community. In these countries, young people are developing political identities online, and digital technologies are helping civil society build systems of political communication independent of the state and beyond easy manipulation by cultural or religious elites.

With unique data on patterns of media ownership and technology use, The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy demonstrates how, since the mid-1990s, information technologies have had a role in political transformation. Democratic revolutions are not caused by new information technologies. But in the Muslim world, democratization is no longer possible without them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199736416
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Series:
Oxford Studies in Digital Politics Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue: Revolution in the Middle East Will be Digitized
Introduction: Political Communication and Contemporary Muslim Media Systems
1. Evolution and Revolution, Transition and Entrenchment
2. Lineages of the Digital State
3. Political Parties Online
4. New Media & Journalism Online
5. Civil Society and Systems of Political Communication
6. Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production
Conclusion: Information Technology and Democratic Islam
References
Index

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