Book: Open Empowerment: From Digital Protest to Cyber War

23 April, 2016: How open empowermentare new technologies driving political and social protest around the world? In what ways are cartels, gangs and insurgent groups colonizing cyberspace? With governments cracking down, what are the implications for our civil liberties online and off?

This new e-book by the Igarapé Institute and SecDev Foundation explores these questions and more. The edited volume is informed by field evidence gathered by researchers on the frontlines. It shines a light on digital protest and cyber crime from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia to El Salvador and Mexico.

The editors, Robert Muggah (Igarapé Institute) and Rafal Rohozinski (SecDev Foundation), explore the regions complex digital ecosystem. Contributing authors show how new players are shaking up the Internet. Groups and memes like Anonymous, YoSoy132, and Blog de Narco are transforming the ways in which citizens interact with each other and their governments.


The edited volume can be found at

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