Internet Enhancement of the Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Rule of Law in Transitional States

Howard N. Fenton, Brian D. Anderson

Abstract


The Internet has the potential to play a key role in the way civil society organizations promote the rule of law in transitional states.  In many states several barriers stand in the way of utilizing the Internet for this purpose.  Challenges that arise include technological deficits and poor infrastructure, socio-economic barriers, government hostility to open information, and civil society organizations unable to reach populations.  With the development of new technologies, and increased openness of information, civil society organizations will be better positioned to embrace the use of the Internet to promote the rule of law by helping citizens receive information, and facilitating communication between citizens and government.

Keywords


Rule of Law; Civil Society; Internet; Access to Information

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