This book could not have been written without the support of a number of individuals and organizations. We would like to thank Jessica Mathews, Paul Balaran, George Perkovich, and Thomas Carothers for creating a welcoming institutional environment at the Carnegie Endowment and for steadfastly encouraging our research efforts in an emerging field. Maria Carlo and Pavani Reddy deftly handled the administrative and research assistance that we needed to keep the project organized and on track. Trish Reynolds, Sherry Pettie, and Catherine Wigginton guided us through the publication process, while Carmen MacDougall and Scott Nathanson expertly publicized our research. Carnegie librarians Kathleen Higgs and Chris Henley and former librarian Jennifer Little amassed many of the sources upon which this study relies. We are also indebted to the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, whose generous support of the Carnegie Endowment's Global Policy Program made this project possible.
In particular we wish to recognize William J. Drake, founding director of the Information Revolution and World Politics Project at the Carnegie Endowment, for his key role in launching this initiative and guiding it through its early stages. Our frequent discussions with Bill helped shape the framework and argument of this study in countless ways. We absolve him of responsibility for any shortcomings in the final product, but he can deservedly take credit for opening many of the doors that have helped make this book a reality.
We owe a special debt of gratitude to colleagues who read portions of the manuscript and offered feedback during the revision process, including Jon Alterman, Thomas Carothers, Peter Ferdinand, Will Foster, Nina Hachigian, Veron Hung, Philip Peters, Garry Rodan, and Deborah Wheeler. In addition, we would like to thank the numerous individuals around the world who generously provided us with information and insight during on- and off-the-record interviews. Their contributions proved invaluable in shaping the conclusions of this study.
Last but certainly not least, we are grateful to all those who have offered intellectual guidance, moral support, and encouragement during this research endeavor. They include David Collier, Terry Karl, Laura Krejsa, James Mulvenon, Helen Oliver, Minxin Pei, P. J. Simmons, Jon Wolfsthal, John Zysman, the members of the Chinese Internet Research Group, and our families.
The Carnegie Endowment normally does not take institutional positions on public policy issues; the views and recommendations presented in this excerpt do not necessarily represent the views of the Carnegie Endowment, its officers, staff, or trustees.
About the Authors
Shanthi Kalathil is a Carnegie associate in the Information Revolution and World Politics Project at the Carnegie Endowment. Before joining the Endowment, she was a Hong Kong-based staff reporter for the Asian Wall Street Journal. She has written extensively on the information revolution and political change in developing countries. Ms. Kalathil holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Taylor C. Boas is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously a project associate in the Information Revolution and World Politics Project at the Carnegie Endowment. He holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Stanford University.
This text is an excerpt of Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule by Shanthi Kalathil and Taylor C. Boas, to be published in January 2003 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Reprinted by permission of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. © 2003, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; All Rights Reserved.
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