Originally published 10/29/2013
"We love being the country that freed the slaves ... [but] we're not so fond of being the country that had the biggest slave system on the planet."
Originally published 06/17/2016
The Economist aptly applied “Technology is neither good, nor bad, nor neutral,” Mel Kranzberg’s first law of the history of technology, to its recent discussion of technology and politics. While the revolutionary power of digital data and social media are great, possibly greater are the opportunities for repressive states to observe dissidents, attack opponents, manipulate public perceptions, and even create alternate realities to stay in power. Such efforts have a long history, but the digital politics offers much greater potential and peril.
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