To what extent can you engage in political activity in the modern age without Internet access? Has Internet access become so important to daily functioning, that people are incapable of exercising basic civil rights when access goes down? The growing dependence on Internet access to fulfil basic civil functions is threatened by increasing personal and societal cyber vulnerability.
In their research authors explore the extent to which citizens are able, or unable, to engage in specific political activities in the absence of Internet connectivity – listen to a podcast by Ryan Shandler, based on a PSR article: Can You Engage in Political Activity Without Internet Access? The Social Effects of Internet Deprivation by Ryan Shandler, Michael L Gross and Daphna Canetti.
Ryan Shandler is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Haifa School of Political Sciences under the supervision of Professors Michael Gross and Daphna Canetti.
Ryan’s research focuses on Internet age theories of political participation and the socio-political effects of cyber-terrorism.
Dr Eliza Kania, Brunel University London