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Most people used to think of the Internet as a force for good.But doubts have crept in – and not only since the revelations of government agencies' use of the Internet to spy on us, our leaders and one another. The Internet's impact on politics is deeply ambiguous. Early enthusiasts dreamed that access to the Internet would help spread democracy. At the end of the 1990s, 4 percent of the world's population was using the Internet; today, almost 40 percent does.Yet Internet activists are not necessarily gaining power.The Internet has thus turned out to be less potent than expected in the fight against tyranny.The Internet allows many political upstarts to amass a large following quickly, only to disappear as quickly.The fundamental challenge is to suffuse the Internet with the same rules, rights and values that pervade our democracies.
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