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Social Media: Enemy of the State or Power to the People?

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
Pierre Omidyar

In my eyes, social media is one of the most important global leaps forward in recent human history. It provides for self-expression and promotes mutual understanding. It enables rapid formation of networks and demonstrates our common humanity across cultural differences. It connects people, their ideas and values, like never before.

From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.14.2012 | World
Andrew Lam

In the global age, it is no longer just dictators or overzealous elected head of states with power of preemptive strikes can direct history to the edge of an abyss, but also fruit vendors and lousy filmmakers.

Changing the Face(book) of Social Activism

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Mark Pfeifle

While true that "slacktavism," online bullying, and unprecedented threats to our privacy are challenges, few could argue that social media has not vastly facilitated political involvement. The results have been impressive, if not always as dramatic as the Arab Spring.

Social Media Can Help Build Arab Governments Too

Don Tapscott | Posted 07.23.2011 | Technology
Don Tapscott

In the Arab world this winter, social media proved that it can facilitate rebellion and even topple regimes. Now it faces a much harder challenge. Can social media help to build new governments?