Why does Azerbaijan hate the internet?

Katy Pearce and I have a new article on social media in Azerbaijan. For Slate, we discuss how the Azerbaijani government is clamping down on the internet before Eurovision. Instead of censoring the internet outright, they are waging a propaganda campaign to make internet use synonymous with criminality, deviance and treason. For parts of the population, it appears to be working. Read the full article here.

On May 23-24, I’m going to be presenting Katy’s and my research on Azerbaijan at Google’s Internet at Liberty conference in Washington, DC. Before that, I’m heading to the University of Manchester May 17-18 to talk about spying and political paranoia on the Uzbek internet. Meanwhile, Katy is going to be presenting our Azerbaijan research May 19 at the conference for the American Association of Public Opinion Research, where we won the award for top graduate student paper.

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3 Responses to Why does Azerbaijan hate the internet?

  1. Caucasus Researcher says:

    our colleagues were called in to the Ministry of Communications because of that Slate article. Ultimately everything was okay, but it was a signal. (And not posting more detail here, since presumably they can do without being called in again.)

  2. If you want to talk more, please feel free to email me: kendzior@wustl.edu

  3. testdomain says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Many thanks

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