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Keila Gutierrez

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Transcript of Freedom!

Democracy & Freedom
Solution: Technology?
"modern information and communication technologies are the greatest tools for
self-empowerment we've ever seen."
(Kotler and Diamandis, 210)

Why democracy?
(Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, "Abundance")
Freedom: The Peak of the Pyramid
Freedom is "both an idea and access to ideas. It's a state of being, a state of consciousness, and a way of life" (Kotler and Diamandis 205).
What is Democracy?

A Million Voices Against FARC
Iranian Twitter Revolution
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index
Authoritarian Regimes
Hybrid/semi-authoritarian Regimes
As cited in Abundance (Kotler and Diamandis, 272)
The Democracy Index (2010)
"Governments who want to censor are fighting a battle against the nature of the technology"
~ Eric Schmidt, Google Executive
"While ICT is clearly the greatest tool for self-empowerment we've yet seen, it's still only a tool, and, like all tools, is fundamentally neutral. A hammer can build bridges or bash brains...what ICT does guarantee is an exceptionally broad platform for cooperation"
(Kotler and Diamandis 213)
A Million Voices Against FARC
Democracy and Freedom
Lauren, Priyanka, and Keila
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