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Resistance, Liberation Technology and Human Rights in the Digital Age


  • Deals with digital resistance activities all over the world

  • First book to describe political and human rights issues in Egypt, Tunisia, Cuba and Yemen

  • A critical analysis of the WikiLeaks case


Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 7)

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About this book


This book explains strategies, techniques, legal issues and the relationships between digital resistance activities, information warfare actions, liberation technology and human rights. It studies the concept of authority in the digital era and focuses in particular on the actions of so-called digital dissidents. Moving from the difference between hacking and computer crimes, the book explains concepts of hacktivism, the information war between states, a new form of politics (such as open data movements, radical transparency, crowd sourcing and “Twitter Revolutions”), and the hacking of political systems and of state technologies. The book focuses on the protection of human rights in countries with oppressive regimes.


Circumvent Control and Surveillance Systems Circumventing Censorship Circumvention of Global and Local Surveillance Systems Computer Crimes Critical Information Protection Digital Dissidents Digital Dissidents and Political Systems Digital Revolution Dissidents in Egypt Dissidents in Tunisia Electronic Resistance Firewall and Control of Information Free Code and Open Data Freedom of Expression and Censorship Hacking Democracy Hacking Voting Hacktivism Human Rights Human Rights in Cuba Internet and Human Rights Liberation Technologies and Human Rights New Technologies and Human Rights Politics in the Digital Era Questioning Authority Radical Transparency Twitter Revolutions Wikileaks

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department "Cesare Beccaria"University of MilanMilanItaly

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From the reviews:

“Human rights seem to be in the news continuously. This book combines that topic with digital technology and thoughts on the Arab Spring (resistance and some form of liberation). … The references are very up to date. If such are of interest to you, or if you are a student of international law, this may be a title to read.” (David Bellin, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2013)