The Net Delusion

In this brilliant lecture Evgeny Morozov asks if free information means free people? The event was recorded on 19 January 2011 in LSE’s Sheikh Zayed Theatre. It was moderated by Alison Powell.

Available as: mp3 (38 MB; approx 82 minutes)

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. 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 event marks the publication of Evgeny Morozov’s new book The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate The World.

You can follow Morozov’s highly informative Twitter feed here. Also check out Tom Griffin’s important investigation ‘Web 2.0 warfare from Gaza to Iran.’ and over at Lobelog, see Aprille Muscara’s Debunking the Myth of Tunisia’s “Social Media Revolution”.

Meanwhile in Israeli Occupied Palestine, Mamdouh Hamamreh of al-Quds TV, a Palestinian reporter has been detained for weeks and accused of insulting a public figure for being tagged in a Facebook image that mocked the Vichy leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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