As tech evolves into an important tool to effect social change, it will also be co-opted for
oppression and violence. Some regimes are using the Internet as a tool for repression.
Google Ideas director Jared Cohen spoke of activist friends in Syria who were forced at
gunpoint to turn over their phones to government forces, who then assumed the victims’
identities to lure other activists into a trap.
The Internet … can level the playing field [or serve
as] one of the most oppressive instruments of human
control ever known.”
—GLENN GREENWALD, journalist, The Intercept