“Imagine if the internet took hold in China. Imagine how freedom would spread” said George W. Bush in 1999. This utopian vision of the internet being the undisputed harbinger of freedom and democracy is one shared by many, but one that has been proven wrong time and again. The no holds barred nature of the internet [...]
While the internet and google searches might make information universally accessible to all, the lives of the consumers of this information are still directed by local cultures and laws. The dichotomy of a universal and monolithic internet with a world splintered by nation states has inevitable led to the clashing of interests between governments and google.
In my presentation last week, I discussed the rising importance of the new media in Venezuela, given the repressive trend the government is following against the traditional media. Without any other available forum, Venezuelans in the opposition to Chávez find themselves increasingly online, tweeting and blogging about their frustrations with the government. The internet is used [...]
Google’s recent altercation with Chinese authorities brings to the forefront of debate not only policies of censorship, but also the viability of internet security. The fact that the all conquering internet giant google was hacked in China demonstrates the precedence that necessity for innovation has taken over cautionary security. Because technology is spreading so quickly, companies [...]
Think tanks are in the unique position of blending together academic research and journalism. Despite the in depth analysis that they have to offer about topics on current affairs, they have not had much of a reader base outside of academic circles. However, the new media is rapidly changing this.
The premier think tanks in the US, [...]