Networks from Freemasons to Facebook

Niall Ferguson offers unique insights into American versus Chinese online networks. Europe is going to be major headache for US big tech. Don't miss this video.

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Far from being unique, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Once we understand this, both the past and the future, start to look very different. Historians have traditionally ignored the power of the social networks in favor of hierarchies as they examine the rise and fall of power throughout history.

With over 2 billion Facebook users, one has to wonder what lessons can be learned by examining social networks of the past? How can ‘new’ networks create social change, impact businesses, and influence policy? What outcomes can we expect and what are some of the complications with electronic networks?