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The future of intelligence (part 2)

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10 September 2012 15:15

In part two of my interview with world renowned intelligence expert and Visiting Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies Dr Jennifer Sims, we discuss the close relationship between internet penetration and government instability.

Dr Sims presents her theory about how the spread of 'viral' ideas, through improved internet/communication mediums, can lead to rapid mobilisation of these ideas across the citizenry, which may force government instability. Dr Sims looks at examples in the Middle East and Africa, where internet penetration has quickly moved from 15% to 40% of the population, which she calls 'the critical period where political instability can happen'. The rapid spread of communications is empowering to people and can be for good, says Dr Sims, but governments need to take notice.

Another fascinating discussion on the future of intelligence, complimenting the first video with Dr Sims on intelligence and the information revolution. A third and final video will be released next week. These videos were recorded in July while Dr Sims was in Canberra, engaging with the Lowy Institute and policy community guests as part of the Lowy Institute's UNISYS National Security Event Series.

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