Internet and Democracy Project

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12 Jan 2009

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) at the end of 2008 made a historic announcement: a project to launch 10,000 blogs for the paramilitary Basij forces.

IRGC's official press organ, Sobh Sadegh, writes that it considered the Internet and other digital devices including...

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7 Oct 2008

The 2007 Saffron Revolution in Burma was in many ways an unprecedented event in the intersection between politics and technology. There is, of course, the obvious: the event marks a rare instance in which a government leveraged control of nationalized ISPs to entirely black out...

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7 Oct 2008

Written largely through the lens of rich nations, scholars have developed theories about how digital technology affects democracy. However, largely due to a paucity of evidence, these theories have excluded the experience of Sub-Saharan Africa, where meaningful access to digital tools is only beginning to...

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28 Aug 2008

Shrinking the digital divide, the gap between those people with effective access to information technology and those without, worldwide has been on the table of activists, NGOs and governments for years now, and the UN has devoted a global conference on this issue, the World...


17 Mar 2008

With the proliferation of the Internet, some believed that it would be a major step towards citizen's right to information and freedom of expression ? both important aspects of democracy. The advent of Web 2.0 further reinforced this belief as citizens were more empowered for...

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