9-13-11: The Off Switch
Like much technology, the Internet we know today emerged from a project at the U.S. Department of Defense. Once it expanded around the globe, so did the notion that information “wants to be free,” including free from government control.
Now revolutionaries abroad and protesters here in the U.S. are using social media in dramatic ways, demanding accountability from the powerful. In reaction, governments are trying harder than ever to exercise control over the flow of digital communication.
Can they? What happens if they can’t? Today, Sheilah talks about the latest developments with Nathan Jurgenson and P.J. Rey, our monthly social media analysts.
Nathan and P.J. are sociology Ph.D. candidates at the University of Maryland, and they blog at Cyborgology.