Co-opting cybersecurity in Egypt

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): Bassant Hassib and James Shires

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Cybersecurity is a key area of contest for digitalized politics, especially in uncertain and turbulent situations. Nowhere is this more starkly illustrated than in states such as Egypt, where the period since the January 2011 revolution has seen several changes of government and the subsequent consolidation of executive power in the military, increasingly strict limits on free speech, and extensive violence by Islamist groups against the state and civilian targets and by the state against protesters and dissidents.

In a recent articlewe argue that cybersecurity provides a way for the Egyptian government to “manipulate uncertainty”to its advantage. It uses cybersecurity policies, practices, and technologies to make opponents more predictable while retaining or increasing its freedom of action.

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