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Digital Activism and the Public Sphere

  • Author / Creator
    Smith, Victoria S A
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TX35H7X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Humanities Computing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing/Philosophy)
    • Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
    • Williamson, Janice (English and Film Studies)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing/Philosophy)