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Digital authoritarianism and nonviolent action : challenging the digital counterrevolution / by Matthew Cebul and Jonathan Pinckney.

Cebul, Matthew, (author.). Pinckney, Jonathan C., (author.).

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (23 pages) : color illustrations.
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : United States Institute of Peace, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"July 2021."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-22).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction. -- Two challenges for nonviolent action. -- China revolutionizes digital autocracy. -- Russia wages information warfare. -- Recommendations for policymakers and activists.
Summary, etc.:
Nonviolent action campaigns are one of the most common ways citizens seek to peacefully change nonresponsive political systems. Yet recently developed and emergent technologies are transforming the nature of interactions between activists and authoritarian governments. This report examines the increasingly sophisticated set of tools--such as facial recognition and surveillance of social media platforms--authoritarian regimes are using to stifle nonviolent movements, and provides recommendations for how policymakers and activists can develop creative strategies for overcoming digital authoritarianism.
Source of Description Note:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF cover page (USIP, viewed August 23 , 2021).
Subject: Protest movements > Prevention > Technological innovations.
Social control > Technological innovations.
Electronic surveillance > Prevention.
Authoritarianism > Prevention.

Series Information

Special report (United States Institute of Peace) ; No.499.

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