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Insight: How information technology threatens democracy

  • Kofi A. Annan
    Kofi A. Annan

    Former United Nations secretary-general, chairs the Kofi Annan Foundation

Munich | Wed, February 21, 2018 | 08:26 am
Insight: How information technology threatens democracy Social media’s ideological “echo chambers” exacerbate people’s natural biases and diminish opportunities for healthy debate.  (

PREMIUM The internet and social media were once hailed for creating new opportunities to spread democracy and freedom. And Twitter, Facebook and other social media did indeed play a key role in popular uprisings in Iran in 2009, in the Arab world in 2011 and in Ukraine in 2013-2014. Back then, the tweet did at times seem mightier than the sword. But authoritarian regimes soon began cracking down on int...

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