The Smartphone put an end to control.
The Vladmir Putin booing video is circulating the Russian blogosphere. A few years ago, the only video footage could have come from the state which would have never released it.
Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street movement persists, using the power of its own Twitter handle and hashtags to spread its message to the millions of others connected on Smartphones.
Smartphone messaging only works if others have them.
Imagine a North Korean capturing and distributing anti-government content only to be seen by the world and not at home because no else has a Smartphone. That’s a message with mass without the relevance.
My gut tells me that the uncontrolled nature of content produced on the Smartphone will go unfettered for a few more years while governments across the world drum up smarter ways to counter negative sentiment. For this, the government needs technology companies which as of now, mostly serve the public and not the states.
The state will hire hackers to manipulate search results, monitor social media, and product more viral state messaging.
All it takes is one monolithic government like China to quell the instant buzz of Smartphone messaging. And like the global weapons program, China will sell its public monitoring software to other controlled states like Russia.