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Subject/Keyword
Internet governance
digital activism
Tunisia
technology
Egypt
public sphere
Jurgen Habermas
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Smith, Victoria S A
Supervisor and department
Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing/Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing/Philosophy)
Williamson, Janice (English and Film Studies)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-09-29T16:32:37Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis examines the role that digital technology plays in the advancement of political and social goals. Though a fairly recent phenomenon, digital activism has become a highly contested topic as regards its effectiveness. This thesis looks at two case studies in the use of digital tools for activism, the 2011 Arab Spring in Tunisia and then in Egypt. Digital activism is theorized as is related to the public sphere as discussed by Jürgen Habermas. This thesis concludes by identifying a number of existing threats to digital activism inherent in the current governance structure of the Internet.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TX35H7X
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