This is a critical moment for Myanmar. After decades shut off from the world, the country is finally opening up. Elections will be held in just 15 months, but the organizations that are vital to a democratic transition – civil society groups and independent media – face enormous challenges.
Fortunately, a whole new world of tools is becoming available. Myanmar is on the cusp of a connectivity revolution. Four telecommunication companies are racing to put a smartphone in the hands of Myanmar's 51 million people. The internet era is coming. This creates great opportunities for those pushing for social change.