When the internet actually helps dictators.

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"If you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet. If you want to have a free society, just give them the internet," he said after the protest movement had succeeded in Egypt.


But what about instances when the internet actually prevents democracy from coming about -- when dictators use social media to track the populace, plant pro-government bloggers and online activists and, in short, increase their own power?

This contrarian view is the subject of Morozov's new book, "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom."
When the internet actually helps dictators - CNN.com

In addition to the general theme of globalization, the modern political sphere is largely influenced by the structure of social media sites. The concept of “shareability” is easily manipulated by pro-Trump pages and advertisements, resulting in extremely fine-tuned patterns designed to target voters in particular regions with the most potential impact.. Trump also highlighted the importance of constantly remaining online. By posting multiple times daily, Trump and his opinions are constantly “trending,” continuously reinforcing his strong online influence.

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Trump's ability to seize control of the public attention is shown here. He rapidly overtook Clinton in social media presence, solidifying his presence and validating his political identity.

Trump, social media and the first Twitter-based Presidency

Both are good reading. Essentially, Trump adopted the same method that Putin used on social media to gain popularity and to maintain his influence over his supporters. He continues to use social media to directly communicate his every thought to his followers. Using social media effectively as his own brand of state run media.
 
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Trump is not a dictator, he’s just a master of Twitter
he's too stupid to be a dictator. But, he's the closes thing we could have to one in America. The only thing that's stopping him are our institutions holding up and the fact that he's not very good at it. His techniques of holding on to his base are a form of brainwashing that he picked up from Putin.
 
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From your first article:

In the case of Russia, which claims to be far more democratic than China, you don't see much internet filtering at all.
YET. He should have added, "you don't see much internet filtering at all YET".

Because they are doing much more than simply trying to censor select internet sites. They actually want to separate their entire own national internet segment from the global network: Putin signs law to create "independent Russian internet"

They've already practiced shutting off internet access in whole regions when necessary, such as in republic of Ingushetia, in North Caucasus, last year, when there were mass protests there regarding land/border disputes with neighboring Chechnya: Russia’s Federal Security Service is being sued over Internet shut-off in Ingushetia last year during mass protests — Meduza

That guy lost, btw, couple days ago the court in Ingushetia, of course, ruled that, basically, the FSB has the authority to shut off the internet anywhere in the country at any time they feel like it: Court recognized lawful shutdown Internet during meetings to Republic of Ingushetia

Amazing place Putin has built...
 
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When the internet actually helps dictators - CNN.com



© http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-11-10-1478778339-7798685-GAMgraph1...
Trump's ability to seize control of the public attention is shown here. He rapidly overtook Clinton in social media presence, solidifying his presence and validating his political identity.

Trump, social media and the first Twitter-based Presidency

Both are good reading. Essentially, Trump adopted the same method that Putin used on social media to gain popularity and to maintain his influence over his supporters. He continues to use social media to directly communicate his every thought to his followers. Using social media effectively as his own brand of state run media.
Would you say a dictator uses lots of vetoes?
 
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When the internet actually helps dictators - CNN.com



© http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-11-10-1478778339-7798685-GAMgraph1...
Trump's ability to seize control of the public attention is shown here. He rapidly overtook Clinton in social media presence, solidifying his presence and validating his political identity.

Trump, social media and the first Twitter-based Presidency

Both are good reading. Essentially, Trump adopted the same method that Putin used on social media to gain popularity and to maintain his influence over his supporters. He continues to use social media to directly communicate his every thought to his followers. Using social media effectively as his own brand of state run media.
Trump is not a dictator.