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Twitter free Iran: an evaluation of Twitter's role in public diplomacy and information operations in Iran's 2009 election crisis

Burns, Alex and Eltham, Ben 2009, Twitter free Iran: an evaluation of Twitter's role in public diplomacy and information operations in Iran's 2009 election crisis, in Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum (CPRF) 2009, Network Insight Institute, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 298-310.

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Title Twitter free Iran: an evaluation of Twitter's role in public diplomacy and information operations in Iran's 2009 election crisis
Author(s) Burns, Alex
Eltham, BenORCID iD for Eltham, Ben orcid.org/0000-0003-4639-460X
Conference name Communications policy and research forum (CPRF) 2009
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W
Conference dates 19-20 November 2009
Title of proceedings Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum (CPRF) 2009
Publication date 2009
Start page 298
End page 310
Total pages 13
Publisher Network Insight Institute
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) Twitter
foreign policy
international relations
United States
Iran
social networks
Summary Social media platforms such as Twitter pose new challenges for decision-makers in an international crisis. We examine Twitter’s role during Iran’s 2009 election crisis using a comparative analysis of Twitter investors, US State Department diplomats, citizen activists and Iranian protestors and paramilitary forces. We code for key events during the election’s aftermath from 12 June to 5 August 2009, and evaluate Twitter. Foreign policy, international political economy and historical sociology frameworks provide a deeper context of how Twitter was used by different users for defensive information operations and public diplomacy. Those who believe Twitter and other social network technologies will enable ordinary people to seize power from repressive regimes should consider the fate of Iran’s protestors, some of whom paid for their enthusiastic adoption of Twitter with their lives.
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 890403 Internet Broadcasting
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053363

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
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