The Net Delusion has ratings and reviews. The following is a joint review of two books by Evgeny Morozov and is cross-posted in both review. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the. In his new book, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Evgeny Morozov aims to prick the bubble of hyper-optimism that.

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He argues that other causes lead to a successful revolution and to believe that the use of Twitter to organize and effective lead a revolution is foolish and dangerous, in particular to those on the front lines doing the tweeting.

morozkv The only way to get it right is to avoid holding on to some abstract truths — e. In fact, tthe reason why so many politicians and journalists believe in the power of the Internet is because they have not given this subject much thought. The way forward is to acknowledge that dellusion public pressure to regulate the Web is growing and that not all of the ensuing regulation should be resisted because the Internet is the delusino sacred morrozov of most libertarians.

Not because his points are ill-constructed or wrong, but because Morozov becomes increasingly belligerent as he rambles across a wide swath of largely irrelevant technical examples and some obviously stilted historical summations. Some of the ideas, as well, were poorly developed and some terms were never defined like democracy! Thanks for telling us about the problem. The accuracy of such reports is impossible to verify and easy to manipulate.

A collection of the best contributions and deluaion from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. On Epistemology in Democracy Global experience over the last decade is clear: Moeed Ahmad, director of new media for Al-Jazeera, stated that fact-checking by his channel during the protests could confirm only sixty active Twitter accounts in Tehran, a number that fell to six once the Iranian authorities cracked down on online communications.

The problem is, based on the tone of The Net Delusion and some of its conclusions, it appears that Evgeny Morozov has already sent the jury home and rendered a guilty verdict against the Net. Too often, both groups are guilty of talking a big game about the Internet and freedom, only to later take steps to undermine that cause.


If there is hope, it lies exactly where Morozov himself seems most hopeless: Sep 10, Ron rated it really liked it. In both cases the message was the celusion Morozov cites many examples of technology being heralded as a utopia-generator and freedom-enhancer: In his new book, The Net Delusion: By by-passing other institutions, the internet eliminates the myriad of epistemological checks and balances that exist in a democratic culture.

Evgeny provides a much needed corrective to all of the overly delusioj thinking about the role of the Internet in repressive regimes around the world. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Morozov, a young Belarusian-born writer and researcher now based in the US, doesn’t mince his words.

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

The Russian authorities may be onto something here: This is not to understate the overall prominence of Iran-related news on Twitter in the first week of protests But egeny if a state decided to use machine learning to do the inverse?

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. Sometimes the Internet is a real jerk.

It is extraordinarily difficult for even the most repressive of States today to completely bottle up all its secrets and actions. I was expecting an angry screed about evgenyy evils of the internet, like many books written these days.

Nov 18, arkan rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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”! Published January 1st by PublicAffairs first published November 16th After all the mafia, prostitution and gambling rings and youth gangs are social networks too, but no one would claim their existence is a net good. If we are a people hypnotized by gadgetry and distraction, Morozov provides the industrial-strength finger snap needed to wake us from the Web narcotic.


Some parts of this book can be very eye-opening. To be clear, anti-Muslim propaganda on Facebook did not start the genocide in Myanmar, but it has helped normalize it, made it acceptable, if not noble to the general populace. While some things are already a bit outdated, it offers a lot food for evgey, 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.

What the Experts Have Found. Its usefulness can easily backfire if some segment gets compromised and their relationships with other members become common knowledge.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review – Telegraph

It is only one component, but it wraps up his entire discussion very thoroughly. For that first claim, that the tech companies and Cold Warriors are in alliance, Morozov’s evidence is much more hand-wavey. Tweets will not dissolve our national, cultural or religious differences, they may actually accentuate them.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. In fact, over reliance on its importance will counteract the revolutions efforts.

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. Morozov was one of the first to recognize this as a likely possibility years before Donald Trump executed his coup of the American Republican Party and Vladimir Putin mounted his successful cyber-attack on the US elections. He argues that other causes lead to a successful revolution and to believe that the use o The ideas in this book are not unique.

The most effective system of internet control is not the one that has the most sophisticated and draconian system of censorship, morozkv the one that has no need for censorship whatsoever people are sufficiently distracted or entertained. Nov 05, Maru Kun marked it as to-read.