Why big data is killing western democracy – and giving authoritarian states a new lease of life

Facebook, Google and and the ‘big data’ revolution is undermining western democracy while strengthening the hand of authoritarian states to address the challenges thrown up the globalisation.

That is the contention of Ian Bremmer, a leading US political scientist, who warns that the west’s assumption that the information revolution would lead to the inexorable democratisation of countries like China is turning out to be wrong. “What Frank Fukuyama did not expect [when he wrote about The End of History], was the role of technology in allowing authoritarian governments to exert a lot more control and facilitate more stability,” said Bremmer in an interview with The Telegraph.

Author: Peter Foster

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