Virtual Issue: Authoritarianism in the Digital Age
Guest Curator, journal of Communication Theory
International Communication Association
Oxford Academic / Oxford University Press

This virtual issue serves as an introduction to authoritarianism in the digital age by highlighting relevant scholarship published in Communication Theory. The articles offer critical discussion with the potential to encourage further exploration and research in the fields of journalism, surveillance studies, political communication, intelligence, and national security.

Andrew R. Smith: Dialogue in Agony: The Problem of Communication in Authoritarian Regimes
Florian Toepfl: Comparing Authoritarian Publics: The Benefits and Risks of Three Types of Publics for Autocrats
David L. Altheide: Media Logic, Social Control, and Fear
Scott C. D’Urso: Who’s Watching Us at Work? Toward a Structural–Perceptual Model of Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in Organizations
Christopher Ali & Manuel Puppis: When the Watchdog Neither Barks Nor Bites: Communication as a Power Resource in Media Policy and Regulation
Jürgen Habermas: Political Communication in Media Society: Does Democracy Still Enjoy an Epistemic Dimension? The Impact of Normative Theory on Empirical Research