Net Delusion

Net Delusion : The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

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The revolution will be Twittered! declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran in June 2009. Yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the Internet, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. In fact, authoritarian governments are effectively using the Internet to suppress free speech, hone their surveillance techniques, disseminate cutting-edge propaganda, and pacify their populations with digital entertainment. Could the recent Western obsession with promoting democracy by digital means backfire? In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the supposedly democratizing nature of the Internet, Western do-gooders may have missed how it also entrenches dictators, threatens dissidents, and makes it harder-not easier-to promote democracy. Buzzwords like 21st-century statecraft sound good in PowerPoint presentations, but the reality is that digital diplomacy requires just as much oversight and consideration as any other kind of diplomacy. Marshaling compelling evidence, Morozov shows why we must stop thinking of the Internet and social media as inherently liberating and why ambitious and seemingly noble initiatives like the promotion of Internet freedom might have disastrous implications for the future of democracy as a whole.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 771.1g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586488740
  • 9781586488741
  • 309,067

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Boston Globe, February 9, 2011 "Morozov has produced an invaluable book. Copies should be smuggled to every would-be Twitter revolutionary, and to their clueless groupies in the Western democracies." New York Times Book Review, February 6, 2011"As Evgeny Morozov demonstrates in 'The Net Delusion, ' his brilliant and courageous book, the Internet's contradictions and confusions are just becoming visible through the fading mist of Internet euphoria. Morozov is interested in the internet's political ramifications. 'What if the liberating potential of the Internet also contains the seeds of depoliticization and thus dedemocratization?' he asks. The Net delusion of his title is just that. Contrary to the 'cyberutopians, ' as he calls them, who consider the Internet a powerful tool of political emancipation, Morozov convincingly argues that, in freedom's name, the Internet more often than not constricts or even abolishes freedom."show more

About Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and Boston Review and a Schwartz Fellow at the New American Foundation. Morozov is currently also a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He was previously a Yahoo! Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Open Society Institute in New York, where he remains on the board of the Information Program. Morozov's writings have appeared in the Economist, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, the BostonGlobe, Slate, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the San FranciscoChronicle, Prospect, Dissent, and many other publications.show more

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