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Mobile telephony and democracy in Ghana: Interrogating the changing ecology of citizen engagement and political communication

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- Internet for Democracy
- Internet Or Digital Rights and Freedoms

Author(s): Wisdom J.Tettey

This paper explores how far mobile telephony, in concert with other media platforms, has borne out the optimism of the mobile phonedemocracy nexus in the context of Ghana's politics and democratic practice. It examines the relationship between mobile phone access, citizen engagement, and appropriation of the technology by the governing elite for political communication and electoral campaigns. It concludes that Ghana has witnessed a rich convergence of mobile telephony and broadcast media which, in tandem with an open political environment, has significantly transformed the ecology of political communication.


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