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Title: Use and Abuse of Social Media in Myanmar between 2010 and 2022
Contributor(s): Smith, Robert  (author)orcid ; Smith, Nucharee (author)
Publication Date: 2022-07
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.30958/ajl_v8i3Open Access Link
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Abstract: Myanmar, or Burma as it was previously known, has been under almost most continuous military rule since 1962 except for a brief period from 2016 until 1 February 2021. The military started the transfer of power to a civilian government in 2010 until the military staged a coup on 1 February 2021. The country has essentially been in a state of various civil wars since its independence in 1948. The period from 2 010 saw the opening up of the telecommunications sector and a rapid uptake in social media. The spread of smartphones has opened up communication to the masses and provided them with access to information; the Myanmar Military has also used it to spread di sinformation. These campaigns are used to uphold the state, people and religion. To the military, this essentially means the Burman (Bamar) majority, the Buddhist religion and the unitary state (with the military as its guardian). In many of these endeavours, they have been supported by non-state actors such as militant Buddhist monks. Since the military takeover in 2021, the resistance has also used social media, particularly young people and the many ethnic armed groups.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Athens Journal of Law, 8(3), p. 309-328
Publisher: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
Place of Publication: Greece
ISSN: 2407-9685
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440207 Cybercrime
480306 International criminal law
480301 Asian and Pacific law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230407 Legislation, civil and criminal codes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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