Eric Schmidt’s (Chairman of Google) new book The New Digital Age, co-written with Jared Cohen (Director of Google Ideas) came out today. I encourage you to read it. It is their vision of the connected future, “a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.”
I’m very excited to recommend it for multiple reasons, but I’m particularly proud that I was asked to contribute to the book. I was connected to Eric and Jared at Google Ideas’ recent Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Ireland. Many of you know that I am passionate about promoting peace and equality and have been working to eradicate hate and violent extremism through various efforts including the organization I co-founded, Life After Hate. I am honored to have been quoted on my perspective of how the internet, in certain circumstances, makes it easier to dehumanize and allows extremists to more readily spread hate and violence.
It’s a fascinating, important, and relevant topic, given the recent use of social media during the revolutionary Arab Spring movement, the misidentification and subsequent apprehension of the Boston Marathon Bombers with the help of the world wide web, and the power that a single tweet can have on world markets. Plus, it’s not every day you get to be part of a book that gets praise from world leaders. Please buy The New Digital Age or let people know that it exists.
“Every day, technological innovations are giving people around the world new opportunities to shape their own destinies. In this fascinating book, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen draw upon their unique experiences to show us a future of rising incomes, growing participation, and a genuine sense of community—if we make the right choices today.” -Bill Clinton
“The New Digital Age is must-reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the depths of the digital revolution. Combining the skills of a social scientist and a computer scientist, Schmidt and Cohen blend the technical and the human, the scientific and the political, in ways I rarely saw while in government. They challenge the reader’s imagination on almost every page.” -General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA
“This is a book that describes a technological revolution in the making. How we navigate it is a challenge for countries, communities and citizens. There are no two people better equipped to explain what it means than Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.” -Tony Blair
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