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Internet and the State: The Rise of Cyberdemocracy in Revolutionary Iran

Internet and the State: The Rise of Cyberdemocracy in Revolutionary Iran
I offer here a review of the recent developments of the Internet technology in Iran since the early 1990s by considering these developments in context of the ongoing tension between the growing reformist political movement and the clerical authoritarian regime. The basic claim is that the development of the Internet in Iran has emerged as an alternative domain of political opposition against the regime in ways that further increases the current crisis of state legitimacy. Although the paper acknowledges the social limitations to the uses of the Internet, an attempt is made to sketch out the innovative force of the Net as unique and alternative domain of political opposition in confronting state hegemony.
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