The Internet has been heralded as the media for social revolution. However, the question remains: what impact will the Internet have on freedoms in authoritarian regimes? This paper addresses this question with a focus on Iran. After a background on the Iranian context, the United Nation’s Articles on Human Rights are considered in the light of common Internet activities. Government responses to individual and group attempts to restore and grow human rights via the Internet are set out. The implications for Iranians are discussed and conclusions are drawn.
Nadi, Yalda and Firth, Lucy, "The Internet Implication in Expanding Individual Freedom in Authoritarian States" (2004). ACIS 2004 Proceedings. Paper 94.