"The revolution will be Twittered!" declared journalist Andrew
Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. Yet for all the talk about
the liberalizing force of the internet, regimes in Iran and China
are as stable and repressive as ever. In fact, authoritarian
regimes are effectively using the internet to suppress free speech
and democracy. What's more, the latest research shows that greater
access to information pacifies a population as much as it incites
it to revolution. If we in the West are to promote liberal ideals,
we'll have to do more than fund Facebook.
In this book, blogger and social commentator Evgeny Morozov
tackles these issues with relentless energy and analytical savvy.
Marshalling a compelling set of case studies, he shows why we must
stop thinking of the internet and social media as instant cures for
repression, and how, in some cases, they can even threaten