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Internet shutdowns: a human rights issue

Ryng, Julia, Guicherd, Guillemette, Saman, Judy Al, Choudhury, Priyanka and Kellett, Angharad (2023) Internet shutdowns: a human rights issue. RUSI Journal, 167 (4-5). 50 - 63. ISSN 0307-1847

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03071847.2022.2156234


The internet is a double-edged sword: civilians can mobilise it to assemble and voice dissent, but illiberal regimes can also weaponise it to consolidate power and suppress any form of opposition. Internet shutdowns–intentional disruptions of internet services–represent one method used to limit citizens’ freedom of expression, information, peaceful assembly and other associated rights in the name of national security. Julia Ryng, Guillemette Guicherd, Judy Al Saman, Priyanka Choudhury and Angharad Kellett examine the cases of Myanmar and Belarus: two distinct political regimes that nonetheless converge on similar strategies of repression. Through this comparative analysis, the authors highlight how future repression is likely to work and how compelling policy responses can be formulated. ◼.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 11:09
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 18:12

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