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Does the Net aid dictatorships?: Evgeny Morozov on TED.com

Posted by: Matthew Trost

TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls “iPod liberalism” — the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy — with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, in Oxford, UK. Duration: 19:52)

Twitter URL: http://on.ted.com/3H

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Comments (1)

  • Christine Mason McCaull commented on Sep 23 2009

    Thought provoking & some great catchy meme material here- CyberHedonism as opium for the masses, our children as CyberCaptives, Hierarchy of digital needs- plus some clear accounts of how the tools that we expect will drive democracy can be used by authoritarian dictators and repressive regimes to quell unrest- sometimes through the gloss of appearing to deal with the subject (eg, token open kimono policy, selective engagement), to map the activist community online (intelligence that used to be gotten via torture now free via facebook graphing), etc. One conclusion seems to be that connectivity and technology on the natural will not lead to democracy, but will be used to advance the positions of both the party in power and those struggling for change- and that we need to do much more to make sure the activists and other voices have the tools they need to be on a level playing field. And not to allow ourselves to be entertained into submission.