The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion

The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

Book - 2011
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This volume examines the evolving role of the Internet in activism, dissent, and authoritarian regimes. The author investigates the impact of a range of media on social revolution and activism from television in East Germany to Twitter during Iran's Green Revolution, intertwining that analysis with discussion of the ways governments are able to use the Internet for surveillance of political activity, propaganda dissemination, and censorship. He analyzes the effect of the proliferation of available entertainment and access to consumer goods on the potential for political activity, arguing that opening societies to further consumerism and to Western cultural media has in some ways deterred political activism. The author's argument that the West conflates democratization with consumerism uncovers a critique of the West here for its complacent belief that the Internet and supposed freedom of information is a certain pathway to democratization.
Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781586488741
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 Mo
Description: xvii, 409 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Dark side of Internet freedom


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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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