The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion

The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

Book - 2011
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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 therecent 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.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586488741
Characteristics: xvii, 409 p. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 09, 2015

Basically, everything written in this book has been proven out repeatedly these last few years. The private sector and intel agencies have the Trovicor Monitoring Center, developed by a partnership of Siemens/Nokia [when they existed], and with Edward Snowden's remarkable technical leaks, disseminated and explained by Jacob Appelbaum [now residing in Europe to avoid constant surveillance and harrassment by the FBI and local police] and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, as well as additional technical expertise from Kaspersky Labs [Equation Group], it is obvious the global elites exert extraordinary control over the Web, and various companies, such as Boeing subsidiary, Narus, aid various bloody dictators the world over in destroying pro-democracy activists, et cetera.

debwalker Feb 17, 2011

Morozov argues that the Internet may do less to democratize states and more to maintain dictators and hurt dissidents.


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