Digital technologies transforming authoritarian arsenal, reshaping democratic politics


The growing threat of digital repression is a focus of The Journal of Democracy’s January 2019 issue—available free of charge through 15 February 2019 on Project Muse: 

  • An overview essay by Larry Diamond outlines the ways in which new technologies are threatening to undermine democracy, and even to foster “postmodern totalitarianism”;

  • Ronald J. Deibert explores the “personal-data surveillance economy” underlying social media;

  • Steven Feldstein highlights the dangers posed by the proliferation and abuse of artificial intelligence;

  • Xiao Qiang explains how Chinese authorities are harnessing advanced digital technologies to build a comprehensive system of monitoring and control.

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