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date: 08 April 2020

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This article examines how authoritarian regimes and their opponents utilize modern means of communication, or the so-called process of “cyberwars,” to serve their propaganda efforts in their competition for power, as exemplified in the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian uprising of 2011, which are part of the “Arab Awakening.” Propaganda is not viewed in this article as a decontextualized and abstract persuasion effort, but rather as the dynamic, material act of “propagating” specific politically persuasive messages by real “actors” protecting or challenging regime legitimacy and survival by using certain “tactics” and “tools” within a specific “context.”

Keywords: cyberwars, Egyptian Revolution, Syrian Uprising, Arab Awakening, authoritarian regimes

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