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China’s Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social Changes and State Responses

  • By
  • Rebecca MacKinnon,
  • New America Foundation
January 5, 2011 |

Since the Internet first became commercially available in China in 1994, Western media and policy pundits have tended to assume that this borderless network must be the Chinese Communist Party’s enemy. In 2005 the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof boldly predicted that broadband would hasten the CCP’s demise.

Route to Global Renewal

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2011 |

In one of the most memorable scenes in cinema, Orson Welles' Harry Lime rides the giant Viennese Ferris wheel in the 1949 classic The Third Man and muses, "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love; they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

Breaking Up Is Good to Do

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2011 |

This year will almost certainly see the birth of a new country named Southern Sudan. It might also witness the creation of an independent Palestine, as Palestinian leaders push for unilateral recognition of their national sovereignty within their country's 1967 borders. And within a couple of years, a sovereign Kurdistan might emerge from a still-brittle Iraq. We could be entering a new period of mass state birth: Imagine an independent South Ossetia, Somaliland, and Darfur too. The trend is nothing new, but it's picking up steam again.

The Longest War

January 11, 2011

Ten years have passed since the shocking attacks on the World Trade Center, and after seven years of conflict, the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq—only to move into Afghanistan, where the ten-year-old fight continues: the war on terror rages with no clear end in sight. In The Longest War Peter Bergen offers a comprehensive history of this war and its evolution, from the strategies devised in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond.

Was Orwell Right?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 5:30pm

The End of Internet History?

  • By
  • Tim Wu,
  • New America Foundation
November 23, 2010 |

My book, "The Master Switch" asks a simple, age-old question: Is history destined to repeat itself? Is the great revolutionary medium of our times, the Internet, destined to follow the path of its ancestors, radio and the telephone, a path of increasing consolidation and uncompetitiveness, leading over time, to slow stagnation? Or is there something fundamentally different about our times that will keep the network open and competitive for the foreseeable future?

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Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences

November 23, 2010

Today's consumers have unprecedented choice in terms of the technologies and platforms that access, produce, and distribute media content. The development and overlap of television, the internet, and other media technologies is fragmenting and empowering media audiences more than ever. Building on his award-winning book, Audience Economics, Philip M. Napoli maps the landscape of our current media environment and describes its challenge to traditional conceptions of the audience.

Technological Utopianism

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
November 16, 2010 |

Kentaro Toyama’s insightful essay punctures the cyber-utopian hype surrounding ICT4D initiatives and resists the allure of quick technological fixes for political and social problems.

But Toyama says relatively little about how to design ICT4D projects that apply the same good sense. In the absence of a clear-cut prescription, policymakers may believe that simply by acknowledging the failures of previous technologies, they ensure that their new initiatives avoid the same fate.

Oliver Sacks on The Mind's Eye and Neurological Afflictions

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
November 15, 2010 |

The late anthropologist Colin Turnbull once described an interesting experience he had driving a tribal man through an open park. This man had never left the dense jungle before. Several miles below the road they were traveling on, a herd of buffalo grazed. "What insects are those?" the man asked. He laughed at first at the answer, but as the car approached, he grew silent as the "insects" increased in size.

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Steve Jobs, a New Mogul With Old Methods

  • By
  • Tim Wu,
  • New America Foundation
November 12, 2010 |

The iPhone was beautiful. It was powerful. It was perfect. After demonstrating a few features, Jobs showed that the iPhone could access the Internet, remarkably, through a real browser. Jobs then introduced Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who walked on to the stage wearing an incongruously long orange tie. The two men shook hands warmly at center stage, like two world leaders.

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