“New communication technologies – from the printing press to Facebook and Twitter don’t cause revolutions alone, argues Mark Sedra in an essay for the Globe and Mail. But fast means for distributing criticism and making plans can spur activism, particularly in promoting democracy. Social networking has emerged as the Web communication “medium of choice in the developing world, with those who are wired typically spending more time on social networking sites than e-mail,” explains Sedra. Foreign intervention or haranguing can backfire, leading to setbacks for local movements. Instead, democracy promoters in the West can develop a strong infrastructure, enabling social-media tools and innovations that allow citizens living in authoritarian states to access a free internet. Of course, the same principles apply for governments and citizens in the West – blocking or criminalizing criticism, as has been done with WikiLeaks, protects a powerful few rather than society. Sedra concludes that an open and free internet is a strong internet.” – YaleGlobal Online, 18-02-2011.
A free and open internet spreads the best ideas and unnerves the powerful
Read the article by Mark Sedra, “Revolution 2.0: democracy promotion in the age of social media.” The Globe and Mail, 18-02-2011.