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The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and DemocracyInformation Technology and Political Islam$
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Philip N. Howard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736416

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736416.001.0001

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Introduction: Political Communication and Contemporary Muslim Media Systems

Introduction: Political Communication and Contemporary Muslim Media Systems

(p.13) Introduction: Political Communication and Contemporary Muslim Media Systems
The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Philip N. Howard (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter begins by laying out the purpose of the book, which is to demonstrate that over the last fifteen years, technology diffusion has had an important causal role in democratization. New information and communication technologies, such as mobile phones and the internet, have provided new infrastructural conditions, with distinct outcomes for systems of political communication and broad consequences for the institutions of democracy. It reviews research on the impact of new information technologies in the developing world. It then discusses the rationale behind studying the Muslim experience with information technology and democratization. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   information technology, communication technologies, internet, democracy

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