Francis Fukuyama on the democratic power of IT

“The newer information technologies are profoundly democratizing, because they don’t reward economies of scale. They work best in decentralized, non-controlled societies. They’re anti-authoritarian, because authoritarians control societies by their ability to control access to information. So if people can get information on their own simply by dialing up a computer, then we have ways of getting around hierarchies. The internet helps to spread power out rather than concentrating it.”

From a transcript of the Closer to Truth TV show.

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