Review: The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam

Author(s) Jon W. Anderson
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Issue CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2012, pp. 133-140
Published May 10, 2012
Type Book Review
Abstract Howard's book The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy focuses on the relation between ITCs and civil society and democracy in the Muslim world. It assembled a database of indicators (for Internet availability, access, policy, ownership, structures and uses) cross-referenced to common standard measures of democratization and development for 75 countries with substantial Muslim populations.
Keywords Islam, internet, activism, information and communication technology, democracy