” I think, when I wrote ‘Children of Jihad,’ I wrote it with a very optimistic view of what technology can do. Today I maintain that optimistic view, but I’m also aware of the challenges we have. So I would say I’m not a techno-utopian, but I’m a techno-pragmatist. “


” Technology is a tool, and it’s a platform. Nobody gets arrested for being a blogger, people get arrested for dissent. Nobody gets arrested for putting information about themselves online, they get arrested for being an activist. I’m a strong believer in the fact that you should not blame the tools, you should blame the circumstances. “


” Part of the responsibility of the technology industry is to anticipate the challenges of the vast majority of its future users and proactively start thinking about them now and proactively build products that address those challenges. “


” I’ll say that technology will make revolutions start happening faster, but it’ll make them harder to finish. Technology can’t create leaders and cause institutions to appear. “


” It’s not a panacea: there are problems in the world that technology can’t fix. You can’t fix water shortages. You can’t storm a Ministry of the Interior with a cell phone. You can’t magically create leaders and institutions overnight. You can’t eat it. You can’t shield a bullet. “


” Essentially, it’s not that technology or cyberspace is some parallel universe that operates tangentially from the world we know, it is simply a new front in the international system. “


” Name any issue in the world, I can tell you how technology is intertwined with it. I can tell you how technology will make it better. How it can make it worse. It needs to be part of everything that we do, whether you are a government or a company or a citizen. “


” Technology can be useful to organise a large number of people online and offline against the common goal of getting a particular dictator out of power. But at the end of the day, somebody still has to run for president with a different last name and deliver for the population. “



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Part of the responsibility of the technology industry is to anticipate the challenges of the vast majority of its future users and proactively start thinking about them now and proactively build products that address those challenges.
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Name any issue in the world, I can tell you how technology is intertwined with it. I can tell you how technology will make it better. How it can make it worse. It needs to be part of everything that we do, whether you are a government or a company or a citizen.
Technology can be useful to organise a large number of people online and offline against the common goal of getting a particular dictator out of power. But at the end of the day, somebody still has to run for president with a different last name and deliver for the population.