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[liberationtech] Rebecca Mackinnon's JoD piece

Katy Pearce ucsb kpearce at
Wed Apr 20 14:00:00 PDT 2011

 China's "Networked Authoritarianism"
Rebecca MacKinnon<>

While social networking platforms can be powerful tools in the hands of
activists seeking to bring down authoritarian governments, it is unwise to
assume that access to the Internet and social networking platforms alone is
sufficient for democratization of repressive regimes. The case of China
demonstrates how authoritarian regimes can adapt to the Internet, even using
networked technologies to bolster legitimacy. The emergence of Chinese
"networked authoritarianism" highlights difficult issues of policy and
corporate responsibility that must be resolved in order to ensure that the
Internet and mobile technologies can fulfill their potential to support
liberation and empowerment.
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