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TechPresident: How Obama’s Democratization Strategy Can Be Even More Tech Savvy

(This post originally appeared as “How Obama’s Foreign Policy Can Be Savvier about Tech and Democratization” on TechPresident.) The last four years have seen demonstrated dividends for democracy from investments made by the Obama administration. Forging a new foreign policy approach that fosters openness for governments and technology support for […]

Commentary Essays / In The News / Slate

Slate: Let’s Nationalize Facebook

(This appeared as “Let’s Nationalize Facebook” in Slate’s Future Tense Blog.)   Over the last several years, Facebook has become a public good and an important social resource. But as a company, it is behaving badly, and long term, that may cost it: A spring survey found that almost half […]

Reuters: Social Media and the New Cold War
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Reuters: Social Media and the New Cold War

(This originally appeared as “Social Media and the New Cold War” on the Reuters Commentary Wire. View Anne-Marie Slaughter’s riff on the theme.) Watch talk on this topic. View Prezi on this topic. There is a new Cold War starting. It does not involve opposing military forces, but it does […]

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Reuters: The Upside Downside of Social Media Protests

(This originally appeared as “The Upside Downside of Social Media Protests” on the Reuters Commentary Wire.) In Bahrain, Iran and Syria, tough rulers are using social media to entrap activists and crowd source the identity of people who attend protests. After Anders Breivik’s massacre in Norway, flash mobs in Philadelphia […]