Information Technology and Global Governance

Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt

Digital Dissidence and Political Change

Authors: Radsch, Courtney C.

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the changing nature of the media and politics in Egypt
  • Written by an expert scholar and journalist on media, digital activism, and the Middle East
  • An in-depth exploration and analysis of how cyber activists reshaped political contestation to empower the disenfranchised and subaltern through the use of digital and social media tools
  • Provides a framework for understanding citizen journalism and the new media ecosystem
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About this book

This compelling book explores how Egyptian bloggers used citizen journalism and cyberactivism to chip away at the state’s monopoly on information and recalibrate the power dynamics between an authoritarian regime and its citizens. When the Arab uprisings broke out in early 2011 and ousted entrenched leaders across the region, social media and the Internet were widely credited with playing a role, particularly when the Egyptian government shut down the Internet and mobile phone networks in an attempt to stave off the unrest there. But what these reports missed were the years of grassroots organizing, digital activism, and political awareness-raising that laid the groundwork for this revolutionary change. Radsch argues that Egyptian bloggers created new social movements using blogging and social media, often at significant personal risk, so that less than a decade after the information revolution came to Egypt they successfully mobilized the overthrow of the state and its president. 

About the authors

Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a researcher and journalist working at the nexus of media, technology, and human rights, and has written widely on these issues in the popular and academic press. She has held positions with The New York Times, Al Arabiya, and UNESCO and is Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.  

Reviews

“Radsch’s book helps fill a major gap in systematic research on the role of digital media in the 2011 Arab Spring.  Combining insights derived from many years of first-hand experiences with a rigorous and erudite understanding of social, political, and media theory, Rasch puts forward a nuanced analysis of how digital dissidence affected political change.  A must read for students of social movements.” (Ronald Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada)

“Radsch provides distinct insights into the real world of cyber activists. Based on in-depth research, the book delves into the lives of bloggers, the risks they take, their aspirations and strategies and how their efforts played a significant role years before January 2011. Radsch's account is an important contribution in telling a crucial side of the story of the Egyptian Revolution to the world.” (Nancy Okail, PhD, Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy)

“Radsch has produced a work of original scholarship that brings unique insights into the relationship between online discourse and events that played out in the streets during a critical period of Egypt’s recent history. Her offers valuable insight into the present and future of online movements in the Arab world and beyond.” (Rebecca MacKinnon, author of “Consent of the Networked” (2012))

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Cyberactivism and Social Movements

    Radsch, Courtney C.

    Pages 1-56

  • Embodied and Virtual Ethnography: Doing Research in the Digital Age

    Radsch, Courtney C.

    Pages 57-84

  • The Legal–Regulatory Dynamics of the Public Sphere

    Radsch, Courtney C.

    Pages 85-125

  • We the People: Citizen Journalism in the Era of Social Media

    Radsch, Courtney C.

    Pages 127-184

  • Cyberactivism and Egypt’s Youth Movement

    Radsch, Courtney C.

    Pages 185-262

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48069-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49789-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt
Book Subtitle
Digital Dissidence and Political Change
Authors
Series Title
Information Technology and Global Governance
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48069-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48069-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49789-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 351
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 illustrations in colour
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