July 22, 2016
President Hosni Mubarak’s response to the Arab Spring Revolution in 2011 was to shut down the country’s Internet. This led an AFP article to call that maneuver “the worst in Internet history.” More and more often, authoritarians try to stem the flow of open communication. Recently, for the third time in less than a year, a Brazilian judge ordered the popular messaging platform, WhatsApp, to shut down. The order was quickly overturned by the nation’s Supreme Court, just a few hours later. The Indian government seized newspapers and stopped cable news service in the disputed area of Kashmir during a recent flare-up in tensions. And reports emerged that during the military’s attempted coup d’état in Turkey, social media access was “intentionally disrupted” during the short stand-off.
In the September 2014 Socionomist, we show how the ubiquitous influence of negative social mood drives extreme authoritarian acts.
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