Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing

Article published on Dec. 11, 2010
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Article published on Dec. 11, 2010
An interesting new release, check it out: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced the release of the paper: "Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing" by Bruce Etling, Robert Faris, and John Palfrey
IDlogo.jpg From the paper's abstract:

"In this paper, we discuss the possible impact of digital technologies in authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. We conclude that policymakers and scholars that have been most optimistic about the impact of digital tools have over-emphasized the role of information, specifically access to alternative and independent sources of information and unfiltered access to the Internet.

We argue, in contrast, that more attention should be paid to the means of overcoming the difficulties of online organization in the face of authoritarian governments in an increasingly digital geopolitical environment."

For more information about the Berkman Center's research on issues related to Internet & Democracy, visit the site at: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/internetdemocracy