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This book is the result of three conferences held in Uruguay, Paraguay, and El Salvador, to discuss the role of public television in Latin America. The role of public media is making a major readjustment. Worldwide, there is reflection on what should take place in the pluralistic media system that a democratic society must build and nurture. The objective of this book is to identify those formulas that, beyond their theoretical conception, serve in practice – because they are already operating in countries of the region – as an example to make public television comply with the basic mission it shares with the rest of public media to inform, educate and entertain, and to do so because of the autonomy, economic sustainability and quality of its content. The book begins with a historical survey of public television beginning in London. Chapter 2 defines what public television is. Chapter 3 details the various types of programs found on public television. Chapters 4 and 5 explain who controls public TV, and how it is financed. Chapter 6 predicts what the future of public TV will hold, and Chapter 7 concludes with a global proposal for Latin American public media.

What was true about monarchy more than a century ago, that “it is an intelligible government [because] the mass of mankind understand it and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other,” is now true for
democracy. Democracy is not without its enemies, to be sure, but it is devoid of appealing alternatives. The critics of democracy speak in the idiom of democracy, and the vote of the people is the only source of legitimate power.

this publication is widely used around the world to promote democracy and support diplomats and members of the not-for-profit sector in the practical challenges of on-the-ground democratic transition and consolidation from undemocratic regimes. By recording case studies of the activity of diplomats in countries that were repressive and flatly undemocratic to those in the throes of post-conflict recovery, the Handbook is able to provide guidance in an area where there is no codified set of procedures for diplomats to follow. The third edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook, to be released in fall 2013, will identify lessons through new case studies — Russia and Tunisia — as well as provide updates to previous case studies, and will, like previous editions, offer diplomatic missions a toolbox of creative, human, and material resources — available to diplomatic missions — that can support democracy development.

Are there any countries with high internet diffusion rates, where the regime got more authoritarian?  The countries that would satisfy this condition should appear in the top left of the graph.  Alas, the only candidates that might satisfy these two conditions are Iran, Fiji, and Venezuela.  Over the last decade, the regimes governing these countries have become dramatically more authoritarian.  Unfortunately for this claim, their technology diffusion rates are not particularly high.

(via Are There Countries Whose Situations Worsened with the Arrival of the Internet?)