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Liberation Technology

From: Journal of Democracy
Volume 21, Number 3, July 2010
pp. 69-83 | 10.1353/jod.0.0190

Abstract

Abstract:

The Internet, mobile phones, and other forms of “liberation technology” enable citizens to express opinions, mobilize protests, and expand the horizons of freedom. Autocratic governments are also learning to master these technologies, however. Ultimately, the contest between democrats and autocrats will depend not just on technology, but on political organization and strategy.