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    DescriptionDoes free information mean free people? At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook 'activism', technological innovation would spread democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere. We couldn't have been more wrong. In "The Net Delusion" Evgeny Morozov destroys this myth, arguing that 'internet freedom' is an illusion, and that technology has failed to help protect people's rights. Not only that - in many cases the internet is actually helping authoritarian regimes. From China to Russia to Iran, oppressive governments are using cyberspace to stifle dissent: planting clandestine propaganda, employing sophisticated digital censorship and using online surveillance. We are all being manipulated in more subtle ways too - becoming pacified by the net, instead of truly engaging. This book is a wake-up call. It shows us how our misplaced faith in cyber-utopia means the West risks missing the real challenges. Morozov argues that we must look at other ways of promoting democracy abroad, and forces us - policymakers and citizens alike - to recognize that all our freedoms are at stake.

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    The Net Delusion
    How Not to Liberate The World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Evgeny Morozov
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 561 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846143533
    ISBN 10: 1846143535

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFD, JPVH2
    BISAC V2.8: POL004000, COM032000
    Libri: ENGM4900, INTG4139
    BISAC V2.8: POL042030, POL009000
    BIC subject category V2: JPHX
    DC22: 321.902854678
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    Publication date
    06 January 2011
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    Evgeny Morozov offers a rare note of wisdom and common sense, on an issue overwhelmed by digital utopians -- Malcolm Gladwell Gleefully iconoclastic ... not just unfailingly readable: it is also a provocative, enlightening and welcome riposte to the cyber-utopian worldview. The Economist A delight ... his demolition job on the embarrassments of "internet freedom" is comprehensive ... as we go down the rabbit-hole of WikiLeaks, Morozov's humane and rational lantern will help us land without breaking our legs. -- Pat Kane The Independent A passionate and heavily researched account of the case against the cyber-utopians ... only by becoming "cyber-realists" can we hope to make humane and effective policy. -- Bryan Appleyard New Statesman Evgeny Morozov is wonderfully knowledgeable about the Internet-he seems to have studied every use of it, or every political use, in every country in the world (and to have read all the posts). And he is wonderfully sophisticated and tough-minded about politics. This is a rare combination, and it makes for a powerful argument against the latest versions of technological romanticism. His book should be required reading for every political activist who hopes to change the world on the Internet. Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton The Net Delusion is considerably more than an assault on political rhetoric ... a war against complacency. -- Tom Chatfield Observer Required reading for all ... a compelling primer and rebuff to the "cyber utopians" ... trenchant and persuasive. -- John Kampfner Sunday Times Lively and combative ... dauntingly well-informed ... injects a welcome dose of common sense into an issue that has been absurdly lacking in it. -- John Preston Sunday Telegraph Piercing...convincing...timely. -- Ben Hammersley Financial Times [M]ore than rewards a respectful reading, not only for the author's impressive knowledge of the internet toolbox...but because of his ability to relate such technological gadgetry to the increasing challenges that are being posed to entrenched authoritarianism -- James M Murphy Times Literary Supplement Selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 New York Times