In China, online critics write in code to spread the truths their government wants to hide. In Cuba, bloggers band together to get a fellow activist out of jail. And in Russia, a lone blogger launches online campaigns against the country’s most powerful companies, and rises to become the most prominent opposition figure since the fall of the Soviet Union.
In Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, former State Department policy advisor and Wall Street Journal writer Emily Parker provides on-the-ground accounts of how social media is transforming lives and challenging governments in China, Russia, and Cuba. This book introduces us to an army of bloggers and tweeters — generals and foot soldiers alike. They refuse to be intimidated by surveillance cameras or citizen informers. Even as they navigate the risks of authoritarian life, they feel free.
New America and Future Tense hosted a conversation about how prominent dissidents and average citizens around the world use the Internet to challenge authority.
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Author, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground
Senior Fellow and Digital Diplomacy Advisor, New America Foundation
President and CEO, New America Foundation