The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
Updated with a new Afterword
“The revolution will be Twittered!” declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. But as journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov argues in The Net Delusion, the Internet is a tool that both revolutionaries and authoritarian governments can use. For all of the talk in the West about the power of the Internet to democratize societies, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. Social media sites have been used there to entrench dictators and threaten dissidents, making it harder—not easier—to promote democracy.
Marshalling a compelling set of case studies, The Net Delusion shows why the cyber-utopian stance that the Internet is inherently liberating is wrong, and how ambitious and seemingly noble initiatives like the promotion of “Internet freedom” are misguided and, on occasion, harmful.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
The recent revelations about the extent of NSA surveillance makes this book about the many paradoxes of so-called "Internet freedom" all the more relevant. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MichaelDC - LibraryThing
Interesting take on the dangers of technology worship. Essentially, Morozov writes if the Internet can be used for spreading democracy and freedom, as many politicians and talking heads say, it can ... Read full review
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