On February 27, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen held an online chat with netizens, the first such direct interaction with Chinese citizens of its kind. However, if you are of the cyber-optimistic view that new media tools spell out the end to authoritarian regimes worldwide as the oppressed world’s ticket to understanding and embrace of democracy, allow [...]
Populated by just one million people, Bahrain has done an impressive job for such a small state of catching the world’s attention. Bahrain, of course, is packing disproportionate heat – it is a banking hub, produces a significant amount of oil, and is another one of the dominoes in the series of Arab states whose citizens [...]
The new, Internet-based, relationship between government and constituents certainly makes citizen communication and participation easier, faster, and more common. But the Internet also provides a veil of anonymity to its users – a veil that may, over time, hinder democracy and hurt the American political system.
There is perhaps no better example of the positive and negative [...]