The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World

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Penguin, 2012 - Freedom of information - 408 pages
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We were promised that the internet would set us free. From the Middle East's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook activism, technology would spread democracy and bring us together as never before.

We couldn't have been more wrong. In The Net DelusionEvgeny Morozov shows why internet freedom is an illusion. Not only that - in many cases the net is actually helping oppressive regimes to stifle dissent, track dissidents and keep people pacified, with companies such as Google and Amazon helping them do it.

This book shows that free information doesn't mean free people - and that, right now, everyone's liberty is at stake.

'A brilliant and courageous book.' The New York Times

'Gleefully iconoclastic, unfailingly readable, provocative, enlightening.' Economist

'Passionate, admirable and important.' Observer

'The book is a wake-up call to those who think the internet is the solution to all our problems.' Daily Telegraph

'A delight . . . his demolition job on the embarrassments of 'internet freedom' is comprehensive.' Independent

'Piercing . . . convincing . . . timely' Financial Times

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User 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

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User 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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About the author (2012)

Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion- The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (which was the winner of the 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize) and a contributing editor for The New Republic. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation, a Yahoo fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown, and a fellow at the Open Society Foundations. His monthly column on technology comes out in Slate, Corriere della Sera, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and several other newspapers. He's also written for the New York Times, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the London Review of Books.

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