Article ID: CBB001181668

Revolutionary secrets: Technology's role in the South African anti-apartheid movement (2007)

unapi

Description In the late 1980s, Operation Vula brought exiled African National Congress (ANC) leaders and military capacity into South Africa despite legal and military obstacles. According to participants, a purpose-built encrypted communication system was critical to this success, but what was the significance of the technology? Was it simply a catalyst for change within the ANC leadership, or did the system crucially alter the political situation? This case study highlights the importance of four key factors affecting the interaction between new information and communication technologies (ICTs) and social movements. The factors are (a) ongoing technological innovation, (b) user practices, (c) technical competence, and (d) organizational routines. Scholarship that fails to consider these factors risks oversimplifying the process of sociotechnical change, hampering our ability to understand the relationship between ICTs and contentious political activity. (Abstract from: http://ssc.sagepub.com/content/25/1/13.abstract?rss=1)


Citation URI
http://data.isiscb.org/isis/citation/CBB001181668/

Similar Citations

Chapter Lundin, Per; Dussauge, Isabelle; Gribbe, Johan; Kaijser, Arne; Peralta, Julia; Sjöblom, Gustav; Thodenius, Björn; (2011)
Precursors of the IT nation: Computer use and control in Swedish society, 1955--1985 (/isis/citation/CBB001181593/) unapi

Article Malte Ziewitz; (January 2016)
Governing Algorithms: Myth, Mess, and Methods (/isis/citation/CBB061486372/) unapi

Book Castells, Manuel; Kiselyova, Emma; (1995)
The collapse of Soviet communism: A view from the information society (/isis/citation/CBB001180056/) unapi

Chapter Hecht, Gabrielle; Edwards, Paul N.; (2005)
Les techniques de la guerre froide dans une perspective mondiale: Le nucléaire et l'informatique comme systèmes technopolitiques (/isis/citation/CBB001181670/) unapi

Chapter Haigh, Thomas; (2010)
Masculinity and the machine man (/isis/citation/CBB001180016/) unapi

Article Wyk, Martha van; (2010)
Sunset over Atomic Apartheid: United States--South African Nuclear Relations, 1981--93 (/isis/citation/CBB001213843/) unapi

Book Aspray, William F.; Ceruzzi, Paul E.; (2008)
The Internet and American business (/isis/citation/CBB001180684/) unapi

Article Frazier, Javan David; (2008)
Almost Persuaded: The Johnson Administration's Extension of Nuclear Cooperation with South Africa, 1965--1967 (/isis/citation/CBB001231517/) unapi

Book Hecht, Gabrielle; (2011)
Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War (/isis/citation/CBB001251047/) unapi

Article Tatarchenko, Ksenia; (2010)
Cold War Origins of the International Federation for Information Processing (/isis/citation/CBB001231737/) unapi

Chapter Kramer, R.; (1993)
The politics of information: A study of the French Minitel system (/isis/citation/CBB001180072/) unapi

Article Cortada, J. W.; (2012)
Information Technologies in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), 1949--1989 (/isis/citation/CBB001211132/) unapi

Book Leslie, Jacques; (2005)
Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment (/isis/citation/CBB000700536/) unapi

Book Brate, Adam; (2002)
Technomanifestos: Visions from the Information Revolutionaries (/isis/citation/CBB000201659/) unapi

Book Boczkowski, Pablo J.; (2004)
Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (/isis/citation/CBB000471367/) unapi

Thesis Magnet, Shoshana Amielle; (2008)
Encoding the Body: Critically Assessing the Collection and Uses of Biometric Information (/isis/citation/CBB001561133/) unapi

Book David Parisi; (2018)
Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing (/isis/citation/CBB165147793/) unapi

Thesis Ekaterina Igorevna Babintseva; (2020)
Cyberdreams of the Information Age: Learning with Machines in the Cold War United States and the Soviet Union (/isis/citation/CBB162068697/) unapi

Book Rayward, W. Boyd; (2008)
European modernism and the information society: Informing the present, understanding the past (/isis/citation/CBB001180100/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Hecht, Gabrielle
Brate, Adam
Boczkowski, Pablo J.
Leslie, Jacques
Haigh, Thomas
Castells, Manuel
Journals
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Cold War History
Diplomatic History
Science, Technology and Human Values
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
Publishers
MIT Press
Texere
The MIT Press
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
International and Area Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Transaction Publishers
Concepts
Information technology
Technology and society
Technology and politics
History of Computing
Computers and computing
Cold War
People
Steinbuch, Karl (1917-2005)
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Places
United States
South Africa
Soviet Union
France
Germany
India
Comments

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment