- Far Away, So Close: Transnational Activism, Digital Surveillance and Authoritarian Control in Iran
- Surveillance & Society
- Volume | Issue number
- 15 | 3-4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Transnational information flows and advocacy networks are among the challenges of a globalizing world to which contemporary authoritarian rulers need to adapt. Drawing on research into repressive strategies of the Iranian state against exiled human rights activists and journalists, I show how digital surveillance allows the regime to monitor political activity outside the country and to prepare counter measures projecting power beyond borders. With the help of digital media, state authorities can expand the scope and scale of potential threats against activists in the diaspora and their ties into the country. I argue that the repressive practices of the Iranian state are not only a response to the transnationalization of political activism but also result of a global securitization of online space. The Iranian case thus demonstrates how contemporary authoritarian power is built and sustained in processes no longer
bound to a specific state or territory.
- Final publisher version
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