This thesis questions the universality of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as “liberation technology” and whether they enhance the political power of citizens in some capacities. Can ICTs be forces of democratization? To what degree are grassroots efforts empowered or stymied by a government's use of ICTs? By examining four case studies, this thesis aims to explore the disguised forms of control embedded in ICTs and how its uses vary.
Kerr, Patrick '15, "Power Tangled in the Web: Assessing the Democratizing Power of Information and Communication Technologies" (2015). Political Science Student Scholarship. Paper 3.