The political and security implications of social media have received considerable attention, but have we really experienced our first ‘Facebook Revolution’ yet? And furthermore, who benefits from social media? Yes, it facilitates political mobilization, particularly in non-democracies, but it’s now being used just as effectively by governments and large corporations that want to preserve the status quo. So, in Tunisia Facebook played a decisive role in revolutionary events, but in China social media continues to prop up an authoritarian state. And in the background, a wider question remains: are we making too much of all this? Didn’t traditional media, such as television, actually play a bigger role in the recent Arab uprisings? The answers to these questions do indeed paint a mixed picture, as we discover this week.
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The Swiss Army’s latest issue of “Military Power Review” is available in ISN's Digital Library. Its articles, which are in German, French or English, focus on the contemporary use of land forces; the institutional and doctrinal evolution of the Swiss Army; the relationship between strategy and small states; and current attempts to foil cyber threats and terrorist/criminal financing.