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dc.contributor.authorRiley, Willen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-08T18:44:23Z
dc.date.available2009-06-08T18:44:23Z
dc.date.issued2009-02-12en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/28102
dc.description.abstractAnonymous signatures pose a significant threat to the legitimacy of the online petition as a persuasive form of political communication. While anonymous signatures address some privacy concerns for online petitioners, they often fail to identify petitioners as numerically distinct and socially relevant persons, Since anonymous signatures often fail to personally identify online petitioners, they often fail to provide sufficient reason for targeted political authorities to review and respond to their grievances. To recover the personal rhetoric of the online petition in a way that strikes a balance between the publicity and privacy concerns of petitioners, we should reformat online petitions as pseudonymous social networks of personal testimony between petitioners and targeted political authorities. To this end, the pseudonymous signatures of online petitions should incorporate social frames, co-authored complaints and demands, multimedia voice, and revisable support.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectDigital identityen_US
dc.subjectDigital mediaen_US
dc.subjectDigital democracyen_US
dc.subjectPolitical communicationen_US
dc.subjectPetitionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPetitions
dc.subject.lcshDissenters
dc.subject.lcshOnline data processing
dc.subject.lcshOnline social networks
dc.subject.lcshDigital media Political aspects
dc.titleWe the undersigned: anonymous dissent and the struggle for personal identity in online petitionsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.S.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentLiterature, Communication, and Cultureen_US
dc.description.advisorCommittee Chair: DiSalvo, Carl; Committee Member: Bogost, Ian; Committee Member: Klein, Hans; Committee Member: Murray, Janet; Committee Member: Pearce, Celiaen_US


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