At university we had a lengthy debate, about whether internet was a liberation technology, or a "stabilisation" technology for authoritarian regimes. This made me think about different scenaria. I had countless sick but rather trivial ideas and I want to know whether regimes have applied any of these. I restrict to two of them:
- providing a known critic falsifiable information in order for him to air it and be discredited.
- restricting internet access in a two tier manner, with a soft barrier around things you don't really care about (perhaps adult content) and a hard barrier around things you don't want people to see. Breaking the soft barrier, most people might overestimate their informedness.
Naturally, I searched before asking, but didn't find anything, perhaps due to my inability to reduce these things to very few keywords.