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The Internet For Dictators

Let's say, you're ruler of some small land, with your subjects suitably under your thumb, but Machiavelli's The Prince just isn't cutting it in the high tech world of today.  Laurier Rochon has published The Dictator's Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention, a treatise on how a fascist regent can get a handle on the Internet before things get out of control.   The instructions are heavily influenced by the Arab Spring, with a focus on Facebook and Twitter as the sources of all evil, but I'll bet if you've gotten to be a dictator you're smarter than a 5th grader and can transcribe the threats of free public communication into the technology of your time.     On the other hand, if you're a member of a gung-ho rebellion, the Practical Internet Guide will be helpful to your movement, because, overall, the result is that once these technologies have taken hold, Pandora's box cannot be re-sealed.