This paper examines the propensity of younger and hitherto marginalized Nigerian groups
to use the internet as a platform to participate in governance and social commentary, especially in
the face of semi-democratic institutions that tend to deny a majority of the citizenry a voice. It
highlights the repressiveness that Nigerians had hitherto suffered under successive governments.
However and most importantly, it argues that technology can break barriers and empower citizens.
The paper analyzes the potentials of internet debate and commentary to influence government
policies and accountability. It also discusses the intersection between real communities and
online communities. Finally, it posits that, the incumbent Nigerian president seems to be reaching out to the internet media community as well as recognizing internet media as a legitimate Parliament of the People by launching his political campaign on the social network Facebook.
|Keywords:||Technology, Internet, Social Media, Democracy and Governance, Online Communities, Real Communities, Citizens, Socio-Economic|
Assistant Professor of English, University College, Abu Dhabi University, (Al Ain Campus), Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates
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