“A cacophony of opinions and the flood of information on social media are degrading public discourse. Faced with information overload, consumers resort to cognitive shortcuts that tend to steer them toward opinions that fit what they already believe.”
Anwar Ibrahim, President of the People’s Justice Party of Malaysia, presented the Fifteenth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World on February 11, speaking on the topic of “Confronting Authoritarianism.”
Writing for the January 2019 issue of Policy Options, Christopher Walker, NED’s Vice President for Studies and Analysis, assesses the risk posed to multiple sectors by autocratic regimes capable of exerting influence beyond their national borders in an era of hyper-globalization.
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