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The January/February print issue of Foreign Affairs posts as a headline “The political power of social media”, an article written by Clay Shirky, the media guru whose columns and papers have frequently appeared in the past decade in the editorial sphere.

Clay Shirky is a consultant, writer and teacher at the New York University, specialist of the Internet technologies and their social and economic effects on societies. He published in 2008 Here comes everybody: the power of organizing without organizations about the steady rise of social networks and their empowering effect on groups and individuals.

Shirky is a leading thinker in the current controversy over the role of social media in authoritarian regimes, his first opponent being Evgeny Morozov, a belarusian fellow at Georgetown University and the Open Society Institute, and also a contributing editor and blogger  for the Foreign Policy magazine.

His book The Net Delusion: The Dark…

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