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Book: Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

The book explores the global impact of the protests across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Examining states at the heart of the uprisings, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addition to other Middle Easter states, like Iran, as well the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, this book concentrates upon 'democratization' as the central theme.
 
Diamond, Larry; Plattner, Marc F. (Eds.), Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy. The Johns Hopkins University Press abstract full text

Book: Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

The book's introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
 
Wagner, Ben, Deep Packet Inspection and Internet Censorship: International Convergence on an ‘Integrated Technology of Control’. Academia.edu: Follow research, presented at the 3rd Annual Giganet Symposium in December 2008 abstract PDF

Islam, China and the Internet: Negotiating Residual Cyberspace between Hegemonic Patriotism and Connectivity to the Ummah

Ho Wai-Yip from the City University of Hong Kong has published an interesting article about Islam, China, and the Internet. While the predominant focus of the rise of cyber Islamic environments has been on the West and the Middle East, this article is an exploratory study of the emergence of the Chinese Islamic websites. With the rapid proliferation and usage of new informational and communicative technologies and the Chinese government's relentless policy in regulating the internet, this article put the peculiar situations of Chinese cyber Islamic environments in the political background of China's rise.
 
Russell, Adrienne; Echchaibi, Nabil (eds.), International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics. New York : Peter Lang, 2009. abstract

New Book: International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics

Bloggers around the world produce material for local, national and international audiences, yet they are developing in ways that are distinct from the U.S. model. Through case studies of blogs written in English, Chinese, Arab, French, Russian, and Hebrew, this book explores the way blogging is being conceptualized in different cultural contexts. The authors move beyond the most highly trafficked sites to shed light on larger developments taking place online, calling into question assumptions that form the foundation of much of what we read on blogging and, by extension, on global amateur or do-it-yourself media.
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