The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion

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Morozov, Evgeny PublicAffairs, 2011 Audio summary available
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Journalists and politicians alike seem to have pinned their hopes for the spread of democracy on the Internet and social media. In contrast, in The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov points out that the Internet is a tool for both revolutionaries and the authoritarian governments they oppose. Dictators in Iran, China, and elsewhere have used the same tools of technology to entrench dictators and threaten dissidents, making it harder—not easier—to promote democracy. These instances help to demonstrate why the cyber-utopian stance that the Internet is inherently liberating is wrong, and how ambitious and seemingly noble initiatives, such as the promotion of “Internet freedom,” are misguided and even harmful.