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Anti-blasphemy offensives in the digital age: When hardliners take over

September 25, 2016



The paper discusses incidents where users have been accused of ‘blasphemous’ posts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and persecuted for it. That has occurred in : Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

I analyse the toll anti-blasphemy laws have on sectarian violence and broader international relations, and examine the debate over censorship and surveillance within the corporate decision-making process. I also discuss the Internet industry’s margin for maneuver to help protect Internet users from governmental persecution.


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