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The Internet was supposed to foster democracy. China has different ideas.

July 11, 2016

Washington Post | July 11, 2016

Indeed, social media is increasingly being harnessed by autocratic regimes to bolster their rule, says University of Toronto political scientist Seva Gunitsky. It helps dictatorships gauge public opinion and discover otherwise hidden grievances, while also allowing them to disseminate propaganda and shape the contours of public debate. Read more.