Written by the founder and president emeritus of Internews, this book 'portray's media's role in breaking the reign of ignorance and fear that are the first lines of defense for despots everywhere.' Part 1 traces the evolution of media and their growing role at the centre of civil society. Part 2 looks at how some leaders have used (or abused) the power of the media. Part 3 considers how the ubiquity of the Internet and mobile phones is challenging authoritarian power today. A brief conclusion speculates on what it all might mean for offline freedoms and the future of the Internet.
New York: CUNY Journalism Press (2013).