Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt

Digital Dissidence and Political Change

  • Courtney C. Radsch

Part of the Information Technology and Global Governance book series (ITGG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Courtney C. Radsch
    Pages 1-56
  3. Courtney C. Radsch
    Pages 185-262
  4. Courtney C. Radsch
    Pages 305-336
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-351

About this book


This compelling book explores how Egyptian bloggers used citizen journalism and cyberactivism to chip away at the state’s monopoly on information and recalibrate the power dynamics between an authoritarian regime and its citizens. When the Arab uprisings broke out in early 2011 and ousted entrenched leaders across the region, social media and the Internet were widely credited with playing a role, particularly when the Egyptian government shut down the Internet and mobile phone networks in an attempt to stave off the unrest there. But what these reports missed were the years of grassroots organizing, digital activism, and political awareness-raising that laid the groundwork for this revolutionary change. Radsch argues that Egyptian bloggers created new social movements using blogging and social media, often at significant personal risk, so that less than a decade after the information revolution came to Egypt they successfully mobilized the overthrow of the state and its president. 


Social media Middle East Egypt Blogging Technology information and communication technologies (ICT) Social movements Cyberactivism Wael Abbas Citizen journalism Muslim Brotherhood Virtual Ethnography Nora Younis Political change Journalism Africa democracy Dissertation dynamics engineering evolution gender identity law political science politics revolution social science

Authors and affiliations

  • Courtney C. Radsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Committee to Protect Journalists WashingtonUSA

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