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dc.contributor.authorBeisembayeva, Dila
dc.contributor.authorPapoutsaki, Evangelia
dc.contributor.authorKolesova, Elena
dc.description.abstractThe internet provides new channels for citizen voices, expression of minority viewpoints, and political mobilisation. In Egypt, Russia, Syria and China, blogs, online forums, Facebook and Twitter already provide citizens with a new form of public sphere and alternative source of news and information, which are seen as a new platform for exchanging news.This research paper is drawing data from blogging sites and printed media which reported on the worst civic conflict in the post-soviet history of Kazakhstan. During the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, oil workers in the town of Zhanaozen clashed with the state police. This sparked an increased online activity of Kazakh bloggers and political activists. As a result of this engagement, the Kazakh officials took the county's top bloggers to the town itself in the hope of getting some positive feedback online. Consequently, many of them backed the government's assertions. This example signified both the importance of the active online Kazakh community and the government's realisation of the importance of online engagement with its citizens.What can we learn from the Zhanaozen case about the role of online social media in political transformation in Kazakhstan? What is the role of the Kazakh government in controlling the political dissent using the cyberspace? This research will contribute to a better understanding of the current political processes in Kazakhstan, and will demonstrate the relation between the increased use of online social media and the political activism in Kazakhstanen_NZ
dc.publisherThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR). Asian Conferencesen_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectZhanaozen massacre (Kazakhstan, 2011)en_NZ
dc.subject16–17 December 2011en_NZ
dc.subjectpolitical activismen_NZ
dc.subjectpolitical engagementen_NZ
dc.subjectKazakh online communityen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial mediaen_NZ
dc.titleSocial Media and Online Activism in Kazakhstan: A New Challenge for Authoritarianismen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.rights.holderThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacificen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studiesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBaisembayeva, D.,Papoutsaki, E.and Kolesova, E., (2013). Social Media and Online Activism in Kazakhstan: A New Challenge for Authoritarianism. Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication, November 8-10, The Ramada, Osaka, Japanen_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleThe Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2013 – Official Conference Proceedingsen_NZ
unitec.conference.titleThe Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2013en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationOsaka, Japanen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunication Studies

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