The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

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PublicAffairs, Jan 1, 2011 - Computers - 409 pages
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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.

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Review: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

User Review  - Mr Walker - Goodreads

This book strangely has aged quickly. It missed the Arab Spring, the London riots and numerous cyber attacks like the eBay one last year, which is a shame as I would love to hear the author's thoughts on these events Read full review

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User Review  - Price - Goodreads

Highly recommend this book to national and foreign policy makers, regulators, and those interested in assessing the impact that the growth of the internet is having on everything. The scope of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Evgeny Morozov is a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a fellow at the New America Foundation. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and Boston Review and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, Prospect, Dissent, and other publications. 

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