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Margaret Roberts Dissertation
Fear, Friction, and Flooding: Methods of Online Information Control
Many scholars have speculated that censorship e↵orts will be ine↵ective in the information age,
where the possibility of accessing incriminating information about almost any political entity will
benefit the masses at the expense of the powerful. Others have speculated that while information
can now move instantly across borders, autocrats can still use fear and intimidation to encourage
citizens to keep quiet. This manuscript demonstrates that the deluge of information in fact still
benefits those in power by observing that the degree of accessibility of information is still determined
by organized groups and governments. Even though most information is possible to access,
as normal citizens get lost in the cacophony of information available to them, their consumption
of information is highly influenced by the costs of obtaining it. Much information is either disaggregated
online or somewhat inaccessible, and organized groups, with resources and incentives
to control this information, use information flooding and information friction as methods of controlling
the cost of information for consumers. I demonstrate in China that fear is not the primary
deterrent for the spread of information; instead, there are massively di↵erent political implications
of having certain information completely free and easy to obtain as compared to being available,
but slightly more dicult
to access.
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