The tiny silicon chip has placed power in mass hands to an unprecedented degree, and drastically weakened old political hierarchies in both democracies and autocracies alike.
For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Continued turmoil can be avoided only if new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes out with a 'no deal deal' on Brexit.
In today's deeply interdependent world, the idea of "getting our country back" is fundamentally, intellectually and factually flawed.
The dream of a truly strong leader who in one leap can free the United Kingdom from its dilemmas may be just that.
Some great issues in human affairs can never be neatly and swiftly tied up and solved. Brexit is one of them.
The risk of nuclear war is increasing at a time when the world can ill-afford more troubles.
At long last, a whiff of compromise is in the air.
The China presence in Europe seems far more complicated, extensive and insidious than that of Japan during its economic heyday.
In much of Asia, the left-right ideological struggle is over and it is technocracy and technology that now reign supreme.
The headline-grabbing departures are only a tiny fraction of the dozens of Japanese companies in the U.K. and the150,000 jobs that they provide.