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Cyber Social-Networks and Social Movements Case Study: Tehran (2009-10)

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While communication scholars suggest that cyber social networks can serve as an important resource for social movement communication, few studies examine which and how special features of these social networks actually can intensify social movements and weaken government's authority. However, the authors' study highlights the importance of various key factors affecting the interaction between cyber social networks and social movements. The most important factors are ongoing network leadership, user practices, and online-offline participation. Furthermore, they considered prominent factors of third space and virtual societies related to Tehran citizens that can lead cyber activism to social movements.

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