International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development


Online-Issn No :
2456-6470
Print-Issn No :
XXXX
Language :
English
Publisher :
R Patel

Indexed - 2019 : IPI Value (4.22)


Surveillance and Monitoring in the Social Media Era: Threats and Opportunities to Democratic Processes in Southern Africa


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Article type :

Original article

Author :

Tawanda Mukurunge

Volume :

4

Issue :

1

Abstract :

Social media platforms are viewed as all progressive in opening up democratic spaces the world over. In the Middle East and North Africa region, social media platforms are regarded as key to the Jasmine Revolution that resulted in the fall of some regimes widely regarded as repressive by the international community. In Southern Africa, the hashtag movements saw youth shrugging off political apathy to challenge the establishment. Information Communication Technologies are refreshingly enticing the youth to participate and revitalize politics in the sub region. However, regimes in the sub region, traditionally comfortable with the hegemonic stringent hold on mainstream media, are becoming uncomfortable with these new developments and have resorted to legislation that threaten freedom of expression by citizens on social media as well as surveillance of citizens. This study is therefore going to establish societal views on state surveillance and monitoring of citizens' activities on social media. This is going to be executed through in depth interviews with media practitioners, scholars, political analysts, policy makers and ordinary users of social media platforms. Findings will be presented and analysed qualitatively and thematically. Tawanda Mukurunge | Neo Tlali | Takura Bhila "Surveillance and Monitoring in the Social Media Era: Threats and Opportunities to Democratic Processes in Southern Africa" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-4 | Issue-1 , December 2019, URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/papers/ijtsrd29546.pdf Paper URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/other-scientific-research-area/other/29546/surveillance-and-monitoring-in-the-social-media-era-threats-and-opportunities-to-democratic-processes-in-southern-africa/tawanda-mukurunge

Keyword :

social media, surveillance, monitoring, hegemony, mainstream media

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