The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

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The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

The Net Delusion The Dark Side of Internet Freedom The revolution will be Twittered declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran in June Yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the Internet regimes in Iran and

  • Title: The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
  • Author: Evgeny Morozov
  • ISBN: 9781586488758
  • Page: 383
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 techniq 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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    1. Michael Burnam-Fink on said:

      Morozov is on a crusade against 'Internetic-centric foreign policy' and 'cyber-utopianism', which he describes as a constellation of power interests linking Silicon Valley tech companies (Google, Twitter, Facebook) with Cold Warriors (Cheney, Clinton, Rumsfeld) in a profoundly misguided and dangerous effort to promote democracy overseas through technology. He argues that rather than being an unalloyed force for freedom, the internet can be used in many ways that strengthen authoritarian regimes. [...]

    2. Ron on said:

      This is worth reading in combination with The Master Switch for those interested in the topic. Evgeny provides a much needed corrective to all of the overly optimistic thinking about the role of the Internet in repressive regimes around the world. I was introduced to him through debates he had with Clay Shirky, a super optimist on the subject. Evgeny points out that repressive regimes are becoming good at using the Internet to suit their purposes, so the mere fact that there is a free and uncens [...]

    3. Shua on said:

      Few things delight me as much as a contrarian.I enjoy reading Wired magazine; its a welcome blast of techno-optimism every month. And yet Wired magazine stands out for its high concentration of "the Internets shower the masses with freedom and young entrepreneurs will solve all of life's minor inconveniences"! Wired is not alone in this attitude and is not the worst; its just an easy target for me because I actually read it. I avoid the other stuff.Evgeny Morozov picks apart many of the assumpti [...]

    4. Doug on said:

      I remember reading an article saying how the internet is making us dumber, and I was cynical on how some pundits claim that this same internet is introducing democracy to despotic regimes through Facebook and the Twitter Revolution and whatnot (Malcolm Gladwell also has a good take on this). This book brings it all together.On a 2009 visit to Shanghai, Barack Obama was all too happy to extol the virtues of the Internet, saying that "the more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes [...]

    5. Leah G on said:

      Really important book for the modern age- Morozov exposes the cliches that policymakers use when talking about the internet and explains the harm such oversimplifications can cause. However, the poor writing style of this book detracted from my reading experience- the book needs more editing, for typos, awkward phrasings, abused idioms, and grammatical errors unfortunately abound. Some of the ideas, as well, were poorly developed and some terms were never defined (like democracy! He kept using i [...]

    6. John Matthews on said:

      Compelling, instructive and deeply researched, The Net Delusion courageously challenges the perception that the Internet has wrought only positive change and calls into question the playbook of those who seek to democratize the world through its promotion.Morozov cites many examples of technology being heralded as a utopia-generator and freedom-enhancer: the telegraph, radio, TV, etc. only to have the dream busted each time.The Internet may have brought people together, but it hasn’t changed h [...]

    7. Andrea on said:

      Morozov has done extensive and excellent research on how the Internet is heralded as a democratizing tool on theory but how things happen in practice. He has looked at the wide context surrounding events such as the "Iranian Twitter Revolution", something we cannot say of many journalists and certainly not of Internet gurus. It also gives a good overview of people´s expectations to various technologies throughout history such as the telegraph and the airplane. It is a serious book that is proba [...]

    8. Jeff Scott on said:

      The ideas in this book are not unique. Social networking has many advantages, but people tend to exaggerate their performance and importance. In a general setting, this might hurt a corporations marketing plan, but Morozov does something different here. He discusses the problems with applying this notion that social networking and free internet in oppressed areas is the miracle drug that will free everyone. He argues that other causes lead to a successful revolution and to believe that the use o [...]

    9. Darnell on said:

      The book's core thesis is that it's counterproductive to speak about the internet as having universal pro-democracy impacts when it produces situationally-dependent results. It does this by detailing ways that the internet reinforces authoritarian states first, theorizing connections second, and offering anything like a solution a distant third.An interesting corrective to utopian views of the internet, and an ode to complexity. It's weird that it has a Malcolm Gladwell quote on the cover.

    10. Meghan Pfister on said:

      Interesting read and very relevant to what is happening in the cyber world today. Morozov wrote this book in 2011 and I would be curious to see what he had to say about last year's election and the way in which the Internet has changed in the past 7 years.

    11. Trish on said:

      Morozov is debunking the notion that internet access = internet freedom. In fact, he tells us that internet "freedom" is a term with no meaning in the conventional sense since it implies that users are free to say what they like and use the technology for their own ends. But, his argument goes, if one user (an authoritarian regime, say, with a reason to dampen enthusiasm for democratic reforms) controls any points of internet access, or subverts the open sharing of ideas on social networking pla [...]

    12. Chris Bronsk on said:

      Morozov attacks both cyber-utopians (if there are any still out there) and neoliberal triumphalists who want to credit the Internet for, well, just about anything that benefits them. These critiques sound very much like mainstream globalization debates with some anti-capitalist rhetoric refocused toward the Internet and digital media communication technologies. That is, nothing new. But this book is nevertheless an important critique for how Morozov, through his lively style and effective use of [...]

    13. Jenni on said:

      If it were possible, I'd go for 4 and a half stars for this book. It's a very interesting read about the state of internet all around the world but especially in authoritarian countries. While some things are already a bit outdated, it offers a lot food for thought, brings up issues I never even stopped to think about and in general discusses the way we use and talk about internet in a fascinating way. It draws parallels between historical and current events and is a must read for anyone who is [...]

    14. Daniel Elder on said:

      A refreshing read in the age of cyber-utopianism. Morozov gets unfairly labeled as either being an anti-tech Luddite and an Internet-hater but he actually carves out a great argument for more reasonable approaches to technology and shifting our perspectives on it to understand that it's not technologies that shape societies so much as societies that shape technologies. Technologies change rapidly but human nature far less so. The penultimate chapter is a fantastic exploration of the ways in whic [...]

    15. Michael Hughes on said:

      I finished more than a third before throwing in the towel. Morozov's analysis is strong, and his writing is often quite funny, a must given the sometimes dry material. While reading, however, I found myself flirting with other books on my shelves, casting sidelong glances that lasted longer and longer. Ultimately, it came down to, what am I going to do with this information, having acquired it? How much of it will I even remember? Isn't this really for policy wonks in a position to do something, [...]

    16. Joshua on said:

      This is an interesting book that makes good points. Sure, it sets up straw men, but the "the Internet will save the world" crowd can really get ahead of itself, so refuting seemingly ridiculous arguments is sometimes in order here. Where the net delusion goes wrong is in trying to take its hard headed pessimism too far, and ending up contradicting itself. The Internet cant be both an ineffective way for progressives to organize popular protest and an effective way for reactionaries to organize p [...]

    17. Gizem Kendik on said:

      Bana diyor ki "her gün senin için üretilen eğlenceli ve anlamsız içerikler yüzünden apolitik oluyorsun." Ulan ben marul gezdiren Çinlileri görmek için ölürüm be. Sadece Blinkist'den baktım. Galiba kitabı almam gerekiyor.

    18. David Dinaburg on said:

      The first throes of modern Internet nostalgia have descended, and with it, the weight of reconciling not only life pre-‘net but the fresh idealism that always accompanies a shift in telecommunications (see: telegraph, telephone). Twitter’s constant deluge of compressed inanities and pointless musings have supplanted Usenet’s core of dedicated, experienced and technically savvy users. The internet used to have some barriers to entry; most of them were financial. If you were “online” it [...]

    19. Forrest on said:

      The following is a joint review of two books by Evgeny Morozov and is cross-posted in both review sections. This is going to be a very atypical review. In reading The Net Delusion and Click Here, I was attempting to develop a cohesive personal position on the problems of internet advocacy. There is a lot of literature and scholarly articles on the benefits of using the internet in the cause of advocacy, either as a method of raising awareness or as a means to a fundraising end, but there is very [...]

    20. Sean Goh on said:

      A lot of salient points, which probably explains why reading it was so slow going._______________The Internet penetrates and shapes all walks of political life, not just the ones conducive to democratisation.All metaphors come with costs, for the only way in which they can help us grasp a complex issue is by downplaying some other, seemingly less important aspects of that issue.Any information-centric account of the end of the cold war is bound to prioritise the role of its users - dissidents, o [...]

    21. Ine on said:

      The Net Delusion was published in 2011, years before the Trump phenomenon took hold. This makes its strong rejection and ridicule of cyber-utopianism seem redundant at times, but most of the time it appears more pertinent than ever: "When Twitter's founders proclaim their site to be a"triumph of humanity," as they did in 2009, the public should save its applause until assessing the possibility of a Twitter-fueled genocide sweeping through some distant foreign land, thousands of miles away from t [...]

    22. Jemmi on said:

      There's some of interesting information and ideas but I couldn't stand it anymore after 220 pages as the book seemed to start repeating itself. I also think it's too uncritical and tautological about the idea of "western democracy" and might be missing some political motivations behind.Sadly, too, it's starting to be a little bit outdated by now.

    23. Chris C on said:

      Morozov manages to give a very thorough account of why we should not be too quick to hail the Internet as a tool that will inevitably undermine authoritarianism. He talks about the other side of the web, and points out what many others have been missing. However, his alternatives are not quite as impressive as his criticisms.

    24. Tara on said:

      This is a book I just picked up at randomI actually Love it!The Net Delusion exposes the not so safe parts of the internet, and there are many. You'll learn much from reading this, know more about the world, and feel a bit tricked. Sneaky Governments.

    25. Eric on said:

      This was the closest book I could find to explain the recent proliferation of conspiracy theories and hate speech on the Internet. The book was written in 2011, so it doesnt cover our political season in depth, but it does touch on generalities and how authoritarian governments like Russia's have adapted the Internet for their needs. The US is going to continue to lose the cyberwar, and the mechanisms that help ensure freedom online and offline will continue to erode even in democratic states.

    26. Edwin on said:

      (Z mojego blogu: bendyk.polityka/2011/0Jednocześnie w dwóch niezwykle ważnych i opiniotwórczych amerykańskich magazynach, „Foreign Policy” i „Foreign Affairs” ukazały się duże artykuły krytykujące politykę Internet Freedom zainicjowaną przed rokiem przez Hillary Clinton. W styczniu ub.r po sławnych chińskich atakach na Google i kilkadziesiąt innych amerykańskich korporacji, po których nastąpił otwarty konflikt Google’a z władzami Chin Clinton ogłosiła, że USA bę [...]

    27. David on said:

      I discovered Morozov via this exchange he had with then Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo. Manjoo was playing checkers, Morozov was playing Go. (See what I did there).Morozov is a refreshing voice in a cultural climate where internet/technology-worship is the norm. It seems that there is hardly a problem that technology can't solve, and with Washington mired in partisan gridlock, Silicon Valley looks like a veritable Shangrila for our aspirations for a more truly democratic world.Morozov [...]

    28. Woliver on said:

      En general este libro me ha gustado sólo hasta el final, si no fuera por el apéndice me hubiera quedado confundido, ya que es donde el autor define por fin su postura y la tesis principal del libro, matiza sus argumentos y aclara qué quiso decir con determinados argumentos y qué no quiso decir.Esto es algo no muy atinado si tomamos en cuenta que afirma que el apéndice sirve para aclarar y responder preguntas de sus críticos.Por más absurdo que parezca, el libro (sin su apéndice) no defin [...]

    29. Nate Huston on said:

      Very well-written and easy-to-read book. Morozov's purpose with the book is to provide an alternative narrative to the so-called cyber-utopians and internet-centrists of the world who believe that all internet is good internet (i.e. "information will set you free") and those who cannot look beyond the internet in their analysis of its impact (e.g. to understand the impact of Twitter in the Arab Spring, one must look beyond Twitter itself (p324)). Though the book at first comes off as a bit one-s [...]

    30. Victor Gonzalez on said:

      It is not difficult to imagine that technologies that are created for one purpose end up being used for another. Technology is used and adapted by the needs of each person that use it. If we talk about the use of twitter, some might use it to sell their persona, as a politician, as a guru in one are or they might use it to explain the situation that is happening in the place they are. Each user of twitter has a reason for using the technology and they use it according to their own purpose.In the [...]

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