The theme of this issue is the blogosphere in authoritarian states. Recent developments in West Asia let us to pay closer attention to the direct influence of the Internet on democratic processes within an authoritarian state. Questions arise regarding what role new types of media can play in the interaction between civil society and an authoritarian regime. Several articles in this newsletter examine aspects of the blogosphere in Iran and Syria.
This publication is part of the working paper series of the Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia.