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Zhang, Xiaoya (2011) Human rights, state crimes and social networking. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In January 2011, the rising number of protests and revolutions in North Africa and
Middle East represented a significant issue of human rights protection to the whole
world. Typical revolutionary countries, such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, have similar
political regimes and historical social conflicts. One speciality in these revolutions
was that social networks, especially those on the internet, played a key role in their
The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of new communication technologies
on protecting human rights from state violations. The thesis explores human rights in
their historical context, while aiming to contribute to an understanding of how the
new communication technologies, such as social networking, promote human rights
protection. A discussion of the concept of "state crime" and "state defined political
crime" highlights the blocking of human rights protection in particular countries.
This thesis analyses the impact of social networking on human rights protection
against the state through a case study of the recent Egyptian revolution. It provides an
extended analysis of advantages of social networking, and concludes with a
theoretical explanation of its impact on human rights protection.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Human rights, State crimes, Online social networks, Online social networks
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2011. Includes bibliographical references

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