The Global Impact of the Internet

Friday, February 18, 2011


Is the internet helping to free people from oppressive governments or is it simply giving those authoritarian regimes another way to spy on dissidents?  Ethan Zuckerman from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society joins Brooke and Bob to discuss the internet’s role — for better or for worse — in uprisings from Iran to Egypt.

Comments [8]

Oscar Romero

With the vast amounts of opportunities the internet gives for people to voice their opinions the internet is empowering citizens in any country to voice how they feel about several different important topics. The fact that the government keeps an eye on what people do is not something major because one way or another their opinions are still getting out there. For example in this show they talked about how people use facebook and this one of the biggest ways today to express your opinion to a vast public. Government regulations or not the internet is huge in giving citizens a voice.

Mar. 11 2011 12:07 PM
William Caxton

In the past, On the Media has pointed out instances of governmental hypocrisy, but the contradictions in Secretary Clinton's statement seem to have been missed. Exactly the same tools that can be used to advance US interests (such as allowing dissidents in Iran or China to hide from their governments) can be used for purposes of which the US government does not approve: by money launderers, tax evaders, child pornographers, copyright violators, terrorists, and so on. Just how does the US government intend to support dissidents in other nation-states while preventing unapproved activities within the US, and how do they justify the contradiction? Are any journalists asking these questions?

Mar. 05 2011 08:55 PM
Larry Press from USA

I've done several reports and posts on the dictator's dilemma (I think I may have been first to use the term), and just did another one recommending this terrific interview:


Feb. 28 2011 01:18 PM
Silver Persinger from Richmond, Virginia

Was that Secretary Clinton quote about internet freedom from the same event where the protester was physically removed from the event for silently protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Feb. 22 2011 03:29 PM
Marie from mexico

Are the transcript going to be on line..?

Feb. 22 2011 12:31 AM
Steve Madere from Austin, TX

OK, so I've since discovered it was already available on the OTM facebook page. I should have guessed.

Feb. 21 2011 11:44 AM
Steve Madere from Austin, TX

I loved your live show last week; in particular, the satirical song about posting to Facebook in place of taking any real action.

I'll assume the title was "I'm Gonna Post on Facebook About It".

I was so taken with it, I'd really like to post on Facebook about it. ;)

Could you separate it out as it's own .mp3 link on your site so I can link to it?

I'm sure all of my friends would 'like' it and it may even get more links.

Feb. 21 2011 11:29 AM
Steve from Ca

Isn't it interesting how we turn every event into a marketing and advertisement opportunity. Past few weeks we have turned the whole middle east uprising into a great ad-for-facebook event. I hope media gets paid by facebook for all the nice work they are doing. Aren't they?

Feb. 21 2011 07:10 AM

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