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People, Power and Politics: How Digitization is Revolutionizing Our World

Chatham House, London

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Heather Brooke, author, The Revolution Will Be Digitised
Chair: Richard Sambrook, Global Vice Chairman/Chief Content Officer, Edelman  


Suddenly a seemingly powerless individual can, through interactive global networks, effectively challenge powerful individuals and institutions. The speaker, an award-winning writer, journalist and freedom of information activist, will argue that those in the establishment may see this new empowerment of individuals as dangerous and destabilizing, and as a threat to national security, believing in consequence that the internet must be controlled. Others view this phenomenon as providing a gateway to a transformed political arena. The speaker will contend that the greater danger to humanity is not free speech but the concentration of power.