[Image by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images] If there’s a lesson we can all take from Donald Trump, it’s that when it comes to politics, we should have a plan B. We can’t expect to have it all.
We need to have some idea what the hell’s going on.
And if there’s one thing that’s really hard to find in this new world of hyper-connected life, it might be the ability to see what’s really going on around you.
« The Internet is the new battleground for our politics, » says John Baez, a professor of history at the University of Maryland.
Baez spent years researching and writing about American history and culture, from the civil rights movement to the founding of the first republic, and now he’s on a mission to bring us back to that same world.
As he sees it, this new era of the hyperconnected is « a whole new world, a whole new set of challenges for us to face. »
We need a plan to deal in the real world with the dangers that have emerged on the Internet.
So Baez and his colleague, Eric Dolan, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Atlantic Council Policy Center, have been looking into how to best navigate the new world.
What they’re proposing is a new kind of « digital diplomacy. »
The new world has a lot of different things going on, they say.
Some of these issues are going to be the biggest issues facing the United States in the coming decades, and it’s going to take a different kind of thinking than what we’re used to.
Bizarro world It’s an idea Baez came up with while researching the rise of the American civil rights era, when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights organizations began working to protect the right to vote in the U.S. through the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
They started with trying to ensure that people didn’t vote illegally.
« That’s what’s happening right now, » Baez says.
« There’s a lot going on that we can’t just sit and let it happen. »
The problem, he says, is that most Americans aren’t aware of it.
« It’s really the first time that the American public is going to understand that the Civil Rights Act was passed to protect their right to be protected from discrimination, » he says.
Biza and Dolan want to change that.
Their plan is to explore ways to make it easier for people to participate in democracy through online platforms, so that we don’t lose them when they try to use the Internet for anything other than their civic duty.
But first they have to figure out how to make people feel safe.
« When people are not feeling safe online, they’re going to go to the voting booth and vote, » Biza says.
That’s where the internet comes in.
Baza says there are three main areas they’re looking at: social media, search and public relations.
The internet can help to bridge the gap between people and the government.
People feel more comfortable talking to each other.
« Social media allows you to go in and engage in that social dialogue and the information is free and accessible, » Baza explains.
People also feel more secure online.
« I think the internet is going in a good direction in terms of safety, » Bizaro says.
It’s also a good opportunity for businesses. « If we don