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Carrots and sticks: Internet governance in non-democratic regimes
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Forskarskolan offentlig verksamhet i utveckling (FOVU))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5485-8577
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Electronic Governance, ISSN 1742-7509, E-ISSN 1742-7517, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 179-186Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The utilization of ICTs by non-democratic regimes remains one of the most widely debated issues within the e-democracy field and has gained further importance as global e-participation rankings have indicated an expansive growth of e-participation development in non-democratic countries in recent years. Does these developments indicate a democratization of these regimes in which online participation plays a central role? This commentary article states the opposite argument drawing on empirical data on e-participation as well as filtering, surveillance and Internet censorship. The analyses indicate that non-democratic states characterized by high levels of e-participation generally combine these utilizations of ICTs with reactive strategies for controlling citizens Internet use.  These dual strategies of Internet governance generate substantial doubts about the democratizing potential of the Internet.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 3, p. 179-186
Keywords [en]
E-democracy, e-participation, Internet filtering, Internet censorship, Internet surveillance, hybrid regimes, non-democratic regimes
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30112DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2013.058405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30112DiVA, id: diva2:638809
Available from: 2013-08-02 Created: 2013-08-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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