Nik Gowing reveals the new vulnerability of governments and big institutions of power in times of crisis – when citizens can record events and upload them to be seen worldwide within minutes.
In a moment of major, unexpected crisis the institutions of power – whether political, governmental, military or corporate – face a new, acute vulnerability of both their influence and effectiveness.
There is a new fragility and brittleness of those institutions created by the profound impact upon them from a fast proliferating and almost ubiquitous breed of ‘information doers’. Empowered by current, cheap lightweight, ‘go anywhere’ technologies available to all, they have an unprecedented mass ability to bear witness.
In a crisis there is a relentless and unforgiving trend towards an ever greater information transparency. In the most remote and hostile locations of the globe, hundreds of millions of electronic eyes and ears are creating a capacity for scrutiny and new demands for accountability.
[W]hen faced by the F3 challenge the institutional reaction is typically to hesitate and lose the initiative. The study concludes with robust recommendations for how various institutions of political and corporate power must confront, understand, and embrace the challenge of the new real time ‘information doer’ and the implications.
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Now, let’s see if your humble blogger understands this taxpayer funded study right. The institutions of power, corporate greed and oppression are feeling “vulnerable” to citizens’ use of the new technology which is making said institutions newly “accountable” to people. This is making the institutions of power nervous that someone is looking over their shoulder and not accepting of their bona fides.
Why do the words “taking the p–s” spring to mind?
Gower’s solution is a series of “robust” measures [quote] “to convince the public and stakeholders that they are acting as appropriately and efficiently as the crisis requires” [end quote].
So, the BBC, funded by the citizens, has spent two years on a “peer-reviewed” study [costing us how much?] on how we, the citizens, are threatening them and making them feel unloved through the new technology, e.g. iphones, blogosphere etc., which is able to quickly report worldwide what they, the institutions, are doing.
Did I get that right?
The conclusion is that citizens must be made, through new regulations, to act more responsibly. Now this is being disseminated worldwide as the voice of Britain, the propaganda arm of the British government and people in outlying nations who tune in to the World Service for news from the “free world” are told that citizens are a looming threat to order and stability and it’s time said institutions introduce new measures to counter the citizens.