“The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power,” by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, was published in Foreign Affairs magazine in October 2010 and eerily presaged the events in the Middle East that started to unfold in December 2010.
Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman at Google. Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As Executive Chairman, Eric is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Prior to joining Google, Eric was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novell and Chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, Eric served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog.
Jared Cohen is the founder and director of Google Ideas and an advisor to the executive chairman at Alphabet Inc. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a New York Times bestselling author of four books including “The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives” (Knopf, 2013), which he co-authored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. His other books include “Children of Jihad” (Gotham, 2007), “One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and the forthcoming “The Accidental Presidents” (Simon & Schuster). He is also coauthor with Eric Schmidt of “The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power.” Previously, he served as a member of the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.