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

Philip N. Howard

Abstract

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 their political identities—including a transnational Muslim identity—online. In countries where political parties are illegal, the internet is the only infrastructure for democratic discourse. In others, digital technologies such as mobile phones and the internet have given key actors an ... More

Keywords: information technologies, communication technologies, Muslim community, Muslim identity, internet, mobile phones, democratic transition, Islamic texts, gender roles, security issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736416.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip N. Howard, author
University of Washington
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