Friday, March 25, 2011

The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

This video by RSA Animate is a superb visualisation of Evgeny Morozov's recent book The Net Delusion on cyber-utopianism and the impact of the internet on fundamental freedoms. While I don't agree with his overall conclusions, his cyber-realist argument is certainly a welcome corrective to a media tendency to believe in technological determinism and the inevitable spread of freedom via Facebook. His pessimistic views on the crowd-sourcing of surveillance and censorship are particularly insightful and present an interesting challenge for advocates of free speech online.

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