Friday, November 5, 2010

Google and the Digital Disruption

Google's CEO and Director of Ideas discuss their essay "The Digital Disruption", the role of connectivity and information technologies in foreign affairs, and the inherent issues of promoting these kinds of technologies in countries like China and Iran.

Summary from the original essay:

Increased connectivity allows for the spread of liberal, open values but also poses a number of dangers. To foster the free flow of information and challenge authoritarian regimes, democratic states will have to learn to create alliances with people and companies at the forefront of the information revolution.

About the authors:

ERIC SCHMIDT is Chair and CEO of Google. He is a Member of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and Chair of the New America Foundation. JARED COHEN is Director of Google Ideas. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide.

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