BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson has an editorial in the most recent issue of “Foreign Policy” in which he touches on the role of free media, particularly digital technologies, in spreading democracy.
The uncertainty surrounding Egypt’s future is fueling a debate: Are we witnessing Tehran in 1979 or Prague in 1989? Is Egypt on the threshold of theocracy or democracy? The truth is that there is no way to know. But the flood of texts, emails, Facebook posts, tweets, and YouTube videos that continue to stream out of Egypt remind me of samizdat — the illegal grassroots literature that circulated underground throughout the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Read the whole piece here. [link]