The examples of the USA, Italy and China shed new light not only on the wider role citizens can now play but also on the many new hidden threats they may face in these highly mediated polities. To make sense of this dynamic, this chapter proposes a new concept of power as shared weakness. The term refers to the inability of actors (from the most powerful to the least powerful) to exercise full control over the digitally networked environment in which they operate. To understand this new paradigm of power is crucial for the success of any citizen-led initiative that attempts to resist hubris in contemporary technologically advanced societies.
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