The Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention

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The Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention
Creator Laurier Rochon,
Year 2012
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It’s everybody’s dream to rule a repressive state, but how can this be done in the digital era? This presentation focuses on all the best tips and tricks for keeping control of your population using the Internet. It’s an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide highlighting all the best practices of what dictators should do in difficult situations. It will accompany you in the obliteration of political dissidence. By having everyone agree with you, or having people believe that everyone else agrees with you, your stay at the top will be long and prosperous. Hard copies of the guide will be available too.

The Dictator's Practical Guide to Internet Power Retention, Global Edition is a wry little 45-page booklet that is, superfically, a book of practical advice for totalitarian, autocratic and theocratic dictators who are looking for advice on how to shape their countries' Internet policy to ensure that the network doesn't loosen their grip on power.

Really, though, this is Laurier Rochon's very good critique of the state of Internet liberation technologies -- a critical analysis of what works, what needs work, and what doesn't work in the world of networked technologies that hope to serve as a force for democratization and self-determination. Cory Doctorow on boingboing...

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