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The Internet and Political Protest in Autocracies

Nils B. Weidmann and Espen Geelmuyden Rød


In the aftermath of recent popular uprisings in dictatorships, many observers argued that information and communication technologies, notably the Internet, played a key role in the mobilization of political protest. This book unpacks when and under which circumstances Internet technology can benefit opposition activists aiming to mobilize protests, and when the technology plays into the hands of autocratic governments. Since autocratic governments enjoy a high degree of control over the introduction and expansion of Internet technology and over digital communication ows, the book argues that i ... More

Keywords: Internet, protest, autocracy, event data, ICT, political institutions, repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190918309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190918309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nils B. Weidmann, author
Professor of Political Science and head of the Communication, Networks and Contention Research Group, University of Konstanz

Espen Geelmuyden Rød, author
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University