While the world witnesses unprecedented growth of citizen empowerment, the same geopolitical challenges that have plagued our world for centuries—terrorism, war, repression, sectarian violence—are spilling over into the digital domain in ways unique and without precedent. The founder and director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, discusses how from the Great Firewall of China to Russia’s troll armies, from the Syrian Electronic Army to ISIS’s propaganda machine, states and non-state actors are presently using technology to repress people and restrict free expression. Simply applying a physical-world lens to international relations will no longer suffice. Power and politics are changing in ways that only a comprehensive—physical and digital—approach will prepare us to meet old challenges in new domains. The event took place in Berlin’s Rotes Rathaus on November 9, 2015.
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