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Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé Jan 2010

Icts And Burma: A Contextual Analysis, Brett Roderick Labbé

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The succession of highly authoritarian military regimes that have ruled over the country of Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar) since 1962 have systematically suppressed their citizens' fundamental freedoms of speech and expression. Such repression has become one of the primary mechanisms employed by Burma's junta to curtail political opposition and preserve their authority over nearly all dimensions of Burmese society. Currently, the nation maintains one of the lowest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) penetration rates in the world.

Researchers have conceptualized the relationship between power and technology in both utopian and dystopian ways over time. Dystopian theorists have tended ...