The following is an excerpt from Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society, by Ronald J. Deibert. Published by House of Anansi Press, the book is one of five finalists for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book in Canada.
Ronald J. Deibert, author of Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. 'It is clear that as presently constituted social media are dysfunctional to the overall health of civil society and democracy. I believe we need an urgent 'reset' (hence the title). We need to take a step back and reconsider the architecture of our communications environment from the ground up—before it’s too late.' Photograph handout
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