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The Uncanny Relationship of Mediatization and Surveillance in Developing Countries
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite being a relatively young field of academic inquiry, mediatization research is already considered to be a prominent theoretical framework for understanding the long term effects of contemporary media saturation. Yet, the empirical research on mediatization conducted so far have focused primarily on Western countries, and was implemented mainly in Europe. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that especially within the context of developing countries (and also an alarming number of developed ones) media technologies and ICTs are increasingly being used for control over information - together with the heavy surveillance of dissidents and activists. Intertwined merging of mediatized electronic communication with the processes of digitalization; and convergence of various media forms (shortly called the meta-process of mediatization) inevitably leads to increase in the possibilities of their monitoring - and as the recent revelations of the NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the whistle blower organization WikiLeaks about the global pervasive state surveillance conducted by US and European intelligence agencies in close cooperation with a number of private companies clearly showed, transforms the society into the ‘surveillance society’ (Lyon, 2001). Thus, in line with Stig Hjarvard’s detection that whether the “mediatization has positive or negative consequences cannot be determined in general terms; it is a concrete, analytical question that needs to be addressed in terms of specific contexts, where the influence of specific media over certain institutions is gauged” (2008, p. 114) this presentation aims to focus upon the negative consequences of mediatization and its relationship to increased public and private surveillance with a study on Azerbaijan - where mediatization process is promoted by the modernization upgrades of telecommunications and mobile telephony infrastructure through a number of foreign aids and grants, provided by international organizations and NGOs for the purposes of adjustment towards the governing European and global standards.

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Barcelona, SPAIN, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Mediatization; Azerbaijan; Surveillance; ICT4D
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45379OAI: diva2:953792
7th Biennial Surveillance & Society Conference: "Surveillance: Power, Performance & Trust". SSN (Surveillance Studies Network), Barcelona, SPAIN, 20-23 April 2016.
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-08-19Bibliographically approved

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