The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Evgeny Morozov argues that the Internet and social media are not as liberating and democratizing as some have claimed, and he shows how authoritarian governments are effectively using the Internet to suppress free speech, hone their surveillance techniques, and disseminate propaganda. In The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom Morozov shows how the Internet entrenches dictators, threatens dissidents, and how it can make it harder to promote democracy.


Evgeny Morozov

Comments [4]

Pete from UK

Almost on topic - there's a murder trial taking place in London at the moment where a gang killing by schoolchildren was organised the night before on Facebook.

Jan. 26 2011 12:26 PM

Brian, on the subject of revolutions being tweeted/facebooked.....I could not agree more. It was once said in a famous song that the revolution would not be televised...essentially meaning get off your butt and get out there to find out what's happening in your world. Funny thing is, our society is surrounded quote unquote with what's happening out there...that the revolution is being televised, but what happens with that info is short of what you'd expect....I am an artist who painted specifically on this subject and on the title above with the words Live....a play on words...are you watching the revolution or are you participating the way should, furthering the idea we are living in front of our computers not really grasping that people out there are living it.

Jan. 26 2011 12:19 PM
Fafa from Harlemworld

Understanding every other word of what he is saying...maybe.
True, he speaks english much better than I speak Russian (of which I speak none). But maybe he should at least speak slower for intelligibility...Had same problem with him on The Takeaway this morning.

Jan. 26 2011 12:18 PM
Marc from nyc

With Facebook having CIA links, how can we trust anything on the social media scene. We don't know who is really who.

Jan. 26 2011 12:09 PM

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