Promoting Social Change and Democracy through Information Technology

Promoting Social Change and Democracy through Information Technology

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Government & Law for 2019.

Vikas Kumar (Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, India) and Jakob Svensson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 326|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8502-4
ISBN13: 9781466685024|ISBN10: 1466685026|EISBN13: 9781466685031


Life in the digital era offers an array of new and invigorating opportunities, as well as a new set of challenges when facing the dissemination of fresh innovations. While once reserved for personal use, online platforms are now being utilized for more critical purposes, such as social revolution, political influence, and governance at both the local and national levels.

Promoting Social Change and Democracy through Information Technology is a definitive reference source for the latest scholarly research on the use of the internet, mobile phones, and other digital platforms for political discourse between citizens and governments. Focusing on empirical case studies and pivotal theoretical applications of technology within political science and social activism, this comprehensive book is an essential reference source for advanced-level students, researchers, practitioners, and academicians interested in the changing landscape of democratic development and social welfare.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Government Projects
  • ICTs for Development
  • Microblogs
  • Open Government Data
  • Privacy and Surveillance
  • Social Movements
  • Transmedia Strategies

Reviews and Testimonials

Information and communication researchers provide examples of optimistic and pessimistic discourses on the roles of information and communication technologies for promoting democracy and social change. The anthology is more a spark for debate than an answer or argument. The topics include the pamphlet meets applied programming interface: an overview of social movements in the age of digital media, privacy issues and legal compliance regarding video surveillance, the 15M movement as an example of internetworked social movements and the promise of politics, and more.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Vikas Kumar received M Sc. in Electronics from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India. This was followed by M Sc in Computer Science and further Ph. D. from the same university. Along with the two books, He has more than 100 research papers to his credit in various national and international conferences and journals. His areas of interest include Cloud Computing, ICT for Development and Electronic Communication.
Jakob Svensson is holding a position of associate professor in Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University. Dr. Svensson directs the MA program in Digital Media and Society. His research focuses on two main areas, political participation on digital media platforms and mobile communication in developing regions.