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Information and Communication Technologies as Drivers of Social Unrest

11 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2015  

Martha Garcia-Murillo

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies

Marcio Almeida Wohlers

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)

Moinul Zaber

University of Dhaka; LIRNEasia

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Date Written: July 14, 2015

Abstract

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are reducing the transaction costs of information gathering and distribution. This can be, and has shown to be, a powerful tool for citizens that need to organize to protest against what they may perceive as social injustice. In fact this century has seen much more tangibly the manner in which these technologies facilitated, to a certain extent, The Arab Spring and the Occupy movements. Using ICT we expect to understand the relationships of political stability with the following variables: a) poverty: b) education and corruption c) and freedom of expression.

Keywords: political stability, ICT appropriation, citizenship

JEL Classification: Z1

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Murillo, Martha and Wohlers, Marcio Almeida and Zaber, Moinul, Information and Communication Technologies as Drivers of Social Unrest (July 14, 2015). Proceedings of the 9th CPRLatam Conference, Cancun, July 13-14th, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705635

Martha Garcia-Murillo (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - School of Information Studies ( email )

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Syracuse, NY 13244
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Marcio Wohlers

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) ( email )

Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz - Barão
Geraldo
Campinas - SP, 13083-970
Brazil

Moinul Zaber

University of Dhaka ( email )

University of Dhaka
Ramna, Dhaka, 1000
Bangladesh

LIRNEasia ( email )

12 Balcombe Place
Colombo, 08
Sri Lanka

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