Proposition: Is the internet a positive force for democratisation? Opposition: Or is it simply another platform instrumentalised by its detractors? Robert Amsterdam participated in an Oxford-style debate on the subject last May, advocating the opposition. His side ended up winning the debate by a narrow margin, over the impressive performance of Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. (click here to see videos of all the participants). We are only posting up this debate now because (a) we finally are using YouTube and (b) there is going to be a lot more debate about the new owners of LiveJournal in Russia.