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

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Oxford University Press, Sep 21, 2010 - Political Science - 304 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Revolution in the Middle East Will Be Digitized
3
Political Communication and Contemporary Muslim Media Systems
13
Evolution and Revolution Transition and Entrenchment
37
Lineages of the Digital State
57
Political Parties Online
84
New Media and Journalism Online
108
Civil Society and Systems of Political Communication
132
Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production
157
Information Technology and Democratic Islam
180
Countries in This Study
203
Annotated References
219
Notes
231
References
239
Index
261
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Philip N. Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments at the Jackson School of International Studies and the Information School. His book New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen won the American Sociological Associations Communication and Information Technologies Section Best Book Award and the International Communication Associations Outstanding Book Award.

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