The Internet and State Control in Authoritarian Regimes
Lots of excellent stuff on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace site
The Internet and State Control in Authoritarian Regimes: China, Cuba, and the Counterrevolution (161k pdf).
Shanthi Kalathil and Taylor C. Boas
I am inclined to think that the freedom of information that comes with the internet and other information technologies will slowly errode authoritarian regimes, but this paper points out that the internet isn’t a raging river of information running through their countries, it runs elsewhere, and they pipe in just as much of it as they want.