Monthly Archives: February 2011

From Printing Press to Twitter: What Makes a Technology Pro-Democracy?

We’ve heard a lot about the role of social media, text messaging, and mobile phones in the uprising in Egypt.   A lot has been said to credit them with fueling or at least organizing the protests and with getting … Continue reading

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Lessons From Egypt : Encouraging Saudi Democracy & Beyond

I posted recently that the situation in Egypt provides important lessons for US foreign policy.  Specifically, the US should have been pressing for democracy in Egypt decades ago, and making US military aid to Egypt contingent on steps towards a … Continue reading

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Egypt, Twitter, and the Collapse of Top-Heavy Societies

Watching the news about Egypt and the debate as to whether Twitter, Facebook, etc.. are inherently pro-democracy, I’m struck by a connection to Joseph Tainter’s 1988 classic, The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter speculates that societies ultimately face two problems. … Continue reading

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