On this week’s podcast Evgeny Morozov, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and a contributor to Foreign Policy, the Boston Review, and the Wall Street Journal, talks about his new book, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. Morozov first discusses misperceptions about the effectiveness of American broadcasts and pamphlets to promote democracy and liberty during the Cold War. He then suggests consequences of bringing such historical baggage to internet policymaking, pointing out that many people today have faulty assumptions about the power of internet freedom to effect change in places like China, Russia, and Iran.
- “Freedom.gov: Why Washington’s support for online democracy is the worst thing ever to happen to the Internet”, by Morozov
- “Technological Utopianism”, by Morozov
- “Battling the Cyber Warmongers”, by Morozov