August 26, 2020

Digital Dictators

By Andrea Kendall-Taylor

The rise of digital technology initially ushered in a wave of optimism about the future of democracy. Today, however, a different reality has emerged as authoritarian regimes learned to take advantage of these tools for repressive goals. How does technology empower these regimes? Expert Andrea Kendall-Taylor explains the dangerous ways modern dictatorships have leveraged digital technologies to strengthen their hold on power both online and on the ground.

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