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The New CensorshipInside the Global Battle for Media Freedom$
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Joel Simon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160643

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160643.001.0001

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News of the Future (and the Future of News)

News of the Future (and the Future of News)

(p.172) Nine News of the Future (and the Future of News)
The New Censorship

Joel Simon

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents some preemptive measures that can be taken to meet the following challenges to the global flow of information: a new generation of autocrats who are better at concealing repression, terror and criminal groups that target the media directly, and governments asserting greater control over the Internet. In order to develop strategies that will preserve and strengthen the global flow of information, the chapter attempts to predict how global news will be delivered in the future. These assumptions include global media organizations competing with activists, bloggers, citizen journalists, and political organizations in providing public information; state secrets and confidential documents being exposed; and destabilizing ideas being put forward. Ultimately, it is only when information is democratized, and when the voices of the marginalized are heard that the full potential of the information revolution through technological innovation can be realized.

Keywords:   global information, autocrats, Internet, global media organizations, citizen journalists, political organizations, democratized information, information revolution

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