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Retreat, Reform, Restraint

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In the final chapter, the author turns to the question “What is to be done?” The negative implications of social media are increasingly acknowledged and well documented. But what to do about them is a different matter. That’s not to say that there are no proposed solutions. Indeed, those are abundant and multiplying, but they also lack an overarching framework that ties them together, and in some instances they are even contradictory. In the interests of pulling some of these partial solutions together, Deibert makes a plea for a single, overarching principle to guide us moving forward: restraint.

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Ronald J. Deibert

Ronald J. Deibert is professor of Political Science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of global security, information and communications technologies, and human rights. The research outputs of the Citizen Lab are routinely covered in global media, including more than two dozen reports that received exclusive front-page coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other global media over the past decade. Deibert is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet, as well as numerous books, chapters, articles, and reports on internet censorship, surveillance, and cybersecurity. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, for being “among the first to recognize and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness, and security worldwide."