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Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship, and Security - book launch

Title
Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship, and Security - book launch
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Maggie Dwyer # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Tom Molony # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: George Karekwaivanane # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Jean-Benoit Falisse # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
18th Sep 2019 16:00 - 18th Sep 2019 17:30
Location
Seminar rooms 1&2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2019_2020/social_media_and_politics_in_africa_democracy,_censorship,_and_security_-_book_launch

This seminar will be a book launch of the volume titled ‘Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship, and Security,’ edited by Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony.

The smartphone and social media have allowed people across the continent to share ideas, organise, and participate in politics in new ways. While both activists and governments alike have turned to social media as a form of mobilization, some African states have increasingly sought to clamp down on the technology, introducing restrictive laws and shutting down networks altogether.

Drawing on over a dozen new empirical case studies, this collection explores how rapidly growing social media use is reshaping political engagement in Africa. But while social media has often been hailed as a liberating tool, the book demonstrates how it has also served to reinforce existing power dynamics, rather than challenge them.

This launch will feature presentations from four members of the Centre of African Studies and include case studies from Zimbabwe, Burundi, and Sierra Leone.

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