The Mysteries of Our Connected Age

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Iranian Revolution 1979

The beginnings of the Iranian revolution in 1978 took Western intelligence forces by surprise. The CIA was watching palaces and barracks while unrest was brewing in mosques and homes that were increasingly connected to one another and the outside world through new communications technologies. This was the dawn of a new era in intelligence-gathering—one that meant not uncovering secrets but unraveling mysteries, explains MIT Center for Civic Media director Ethan Zuckerman. Zuckerman, winner of the fourth annual Zócalo Book Prize for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, visits …

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