Evgeny Morzov writing in the Wall Street Journal has a fascinating piece on the cunning uses of the Internet by authoritarian governments to sustain their hold on power. One poignant excerpt:
As the public sphere has grown decentralized and media based in the West have lost their dominance in setting the global agenda, it has become easier for governments—as well as for corporations, fringe movements and anyone else with an ax to grind—to promote their agendas. Bribing 100 bloggers is often much easier than bribing the editorial board of one newspaper.
Read more here.