Video: 'Internet is the Answer' Declares Ai Weiwei in Newly Launched Blog

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has established a new blog at Big Think called The Way of Ai Wei Wei. His first post is this new video, above, in which he expounds on the role of the internet in establishing civil society under authoritarian rule. 

A prolific user of digital and social media, Ai had an earlier blog shut down by the Chinese government in 2009, but has navigated a variety of platforms off and on ever since. 

In the new video, Ai expresses his conviction that the new social networking platforms offer a "certain kind of freedom that [China] never had before" and encourage "civil opinions and discussions, which already completely change the landscape of the political situation."

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