By the People: The Role of Citizen Journalism and the Information Revolution

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Citizen journalists are becoming a potent force for building open and democratic societies. In environments where poor infrastructure, minimal access to technology, and small-scale economies impede the development of mainstream independent media, and in countries where repressive governments limit the ability of professional journalists to operate freely, citizen journalists are helping to fill the gaps. Yet, they can also be tools of government propaganda, flooding social media sites and blogs with pro-regime sentiment.