Fragile beauty

I’ve just found a delicious article, which is also in lines with what I have been going on about here lately.

Political Change in the Digital Age: The Fragility and Promise of Online Organizing

Bruce Etling, Robert Faris and John Palfrey (2010, Dec)

SAIS Review 30(2): 37-49

Abstract: We conclude that policymakers and scholars that have been most optimistic about the impact of digital tools have over-emphasized the role of information, specifically access to alternative and independent sources of information and unfiltered access to the Internet. We argue, in contrast, that more attention should be paid to the means of overcoming the difficulties of online organization in the face of authoritarian governments in an increasingly digital geopolitical environment.

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