Liberation Technology

Liberation Technology

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qLiberation Technologyq brings together cutting-edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study. An introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of qliberationq versus qcontrolq with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia. This book also includes in-depth analysis of specific technologies such as Ushahidi - a platform developed to document human-rights abuses in the wake of Kenya's 2007 elections-and alkasir - a tool that has been used widely throughout the Middle East to circumvent cyber-censorship.Dozens of live maps were created to monitor the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen, for example. ... many ways, this mapping reflex resembles the a€œ Wikipedia effecta€a€”the creation and real-time editing of Wikipedia entries to document ... She was later forced to flee to South Africa following a number of death threats.

Title:Liberation Technology
Author:Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner
Publisher:JHU Press - 2012-06-26


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