Article Title

Iran and the emergence of information and communications technology: the evolution of revolution?

Abstract

This study examines the emergence of information and communications technology (ICT) in facilitating political protest in the Middle East, with a focus on the Iranian experience. With the rise of ‘emancipating technology’ to mobilise popular support, many had hoped that the incumbent regime in Iran would be steered towards a more democratic and less authoritarian path. At the same time, the Iranian regime itself has shown an increasingly sophisticated technical nous, constructing a centralised censorship network and using available technology to proliferate propaganda and control and subdue cyber-protest. As such, ICT has acted as a complex dual-edged sword in both mutually supporting and suppressing political activism in modern-day Iran.

Keywords

cyber-activism, democracy, Internet, Iran

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Link to Publisher Version (DOI)

http://doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2013.840263