Moldova's internet revolution: Analyzing the role of technologies in various phases of the confrontation

Volodymyr V. Lysenko, Kevin C. Desouza

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Abstract

In recent times we have witnessed the fundamental impacts that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have had on the outcomes of contentious political confrontations. In this paper, we analyze the role played by Internet-based and cellular ICTs in Moldova's Revolution of April 2009. Specifically, we identify what, why, and how technologies were used during various phases of the uprising. Our findings show that: 1) the protesters organized their initial mobilization through social network services (SNS) and short message service (SMS); 2) Twitter was mostly used during later phases of the revolution - the active street protests and the subsequent information war - for communication about the conflict both locally and globally; and 3) through skillful use of new Internet-based ICTs, it is possible to conduct a successful revolution without noticeable prior offline organization. Theoretical and practical implications for the use of ICTs in contentious political environments are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-361
Number of pages21
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Color revolution
  • Cyberprotest
  • Moldova
  • New media
  • SNS
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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