The Road to Digital Unfreedom: How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Repression

Article
January 2019

Democracies must grapple not only with the proliferation of AI to authoritarian and illiberal regimes, but also with the temptation that AI poses for democratic governments themselves.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: The Threat of Postmodern Totalitarianism

Article
January 2019

There is a growing sense today that democrats worldwide are in a race against time to prevent cyberspace from becoming an arena for surveillance, control, and manipulation.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: President Xi’s Surveillance State

Article
January 2019

Chinese authorities are wielding facial-recognition software, big-data analytics, and other digital technologies to control China’s citizens by monitoring and assessing their activities, both online and off.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: Three Painful Truths About Social Media

Article
January 2019

Not so long ago, the internet was being lauded as a force for greater freedom and democracy. With the rise of intrusive and addictive social media, however, a discomfiting reality has set in. 

From Liberation to Turmoil: Social Media and Democracy

Article
October 2017

Once hailed as a megaphone for marginalized voices and an enabler of free discourse generally, social media now appear to have problematic consequences in both authoritarian and democratic regimes.  

The 2016 U.S. Election: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Article
April 2017

Traditional intermediary institutions such as parties and the legacy media are not what they once were, and they are not coming back. What are the implications of new social media and digital-campaign techniques?