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Back during the first week of January 2011, things in the world of politics, technology, government and social change seemed more or less normal. Oh, and then there was January 6. Tunisia was experiencing a wave of protests and strikes, and we reported on how an effort by the Tunisian government to steal the Facebook and Gmail passwords of human rights and democracy activists had provoked a wave of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks by Anonymous, the global hacking collective.
Suddenly, the world seemed to be turning faster. And indeed, as you read through this compilation of the best of techPresident from 2011, as well as the prognostications of thirty of our smartest friends and fellow travelers as they look at the year ahead, you can't help but be affected by just how much took place in 2011, and how hyper-empowered, hyper-networked people are everywhere the engine of this increased velocity of activity and tumult.
Of course, this is just the first draft of history.
If you want to know the real behind-the-scenes who, what, how, why, and where of 2011's when, from the Arab Spring to Wikileaks, from Occupy Wall Street to Ron Paul, this is your ebook.