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The Internet and Authoritarian Regimes

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The Internet and Authoritarian Regimes

The Internet and Authoritarian Regimes

The Internet and Authoritarian Regimes

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It's easy to assume that the Internet is a friend of democracy and a facilitator of the free flow of ideas. Ronald Reagan once said, "The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip." Shanthi Kalathil wasn't so convinced. She and fellow researcher Taylor Boas studied the effect of the Internet on eight authoritarian regimes, and what they found challenges conventional wisdom. Kalathil joins guest host Lynn Neary to discuss their findings.

Guest:

Shanthi Kalathil
*Co-author of Open Networks, Closed Regimes
*Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace