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Direct and Indirect Effects of and on the Internet before and during the war in Iraq

Athina Karatzogianni

Volume 1, 2005, Cultural Technology and Policy Journal

Abstract

This paper looks at the role played by the Internet in the organisation and spread of the peace movement, on war coverage and war-related cyberconflicts before and during the March 2003 Iraq war. Anti-war groups used e-mail lists and websites, group text messages and chat rooms to organise protests and engaged in symbolic hackings against the opposite viewpoint. The integration of the Internet into mainstream media, the effect of online material challenging official government sources and mainstream media and blogging are an indication of where war coverage might be going when Internet users exceed their present numbers.

Key words: internet, cyberconflicts, Iraq war, war coverage.

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