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Former Boise State Professor Writes About Challenges Facing Tech And Democracy Around The World

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Steven Feldstein is a Senior Fellow of Democracy, Conflict and Governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. He has a new book out titled “The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.”

And — as you can read in the book forward — he conducted the research and wrote the manuscript while he was the Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University. Idaho Matters talks with Feldstein about the challenges with technology, autocracies and democracy.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!