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[ecrea] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Authoritarian Practices

Thu Sep 20 00:56:50 GMT 2018

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age There is increasing concern about how digital technologies contribute to a
decline of democracy and the rise of authoritarian tendencies. Published
September 18, 2018, this Special Section on Authoritarian Practices in the
Digital Age breaks new ground by systematically examining how digital
authoritarian practices are diffused between states, co-produced by states
and corporate actors, legitimized in multilateral settings, and experienced
by citizens. Digital authoritarian practices describe threats to the
democratic process, sabotaging accountability by disrupting access to
information or disabling communication. Edited by Marlies Glasius and Marcus Michaelsen, University of Amsterdam,
the Special Section brings together nine papers including an editorial
introduction, a conceptual prologue, and seven research articles that extend
our understanding of the relationship between contemporary forms of
authoritarianism and digital communication technologies. The contributions
investigate Internet control and censorship, surveillance, and
disinformation, presenting insights from China, Russia and Central Asia,
Iran, Pakistan, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe. In addition to presenting original empirical research, the articles aim to
advance conceptual knowledge on what constitutes an authoritarian and/or
illiberal practice in the field of digital technologies, and how these
practices, in turn, may change the ways in which the technologies are used
and developed in an increasingly interconnected world. To access the papers, please go to We look forward to your

Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age — Introduction
Marcus Michaelsen, Marlies Glasius
 Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere — Prologue
Marlies Glasius, Marcus Michaelsen
 Information, Security, and Authoritarian Stability: Internet Policy
Diffusion and Coordination in the Former Soviet Region
Jaclyn A. Kerr
 The Contestation and Shaping of Cyber Norms through China's Internet
Sovereignty Agenda
Sarah McKune, Shazeda Ahmed
 Transforming Threats to Power: The International Politics of Authoritarian
Internet Control in Iran
Marcus Michaelsen Asymmetrical Power Between Internet Giants and Users in China
Aofei Lv, Ting Luo
Blocking the Bottleneck: Internet Shutdowns and Ownership at Election Times
in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tina Freyburg, Lisa Garbe
 Understanding Internet Shutdowns: A Case Study from Pakistan
Ben Wagner
 Through a Glass, Darkly: Everyday Acts of Authoritarianism in the Liberal
Stefania Milan, Arne Hintz

     Larry Gross                                                   Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Marlies Glasius, Marcus Michaelsen Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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