08 September 2012

Evgeny Morozov - The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Morozov points out that there is a difference between the intended and actual use of technology. He suggests that we cannot blithely assume that if we simply open the technological floodgates to liberate repressed persons that they will use it the way it was intended. Morozov points out that many of the countries that we would liberate are actually actively using technology (even encouraging their peoples to use it too) but in other ways than we would intend them. For example, dictators appeal to the sense of national pride in asking citizens to report person denouncing their leaders through a crowd sourcing system. When critical mass is reached for a particular individual then the government acts to shut the out spoken down.

In other words, the concept that technology naturally liberates people is false and sometimes even dangerous.

Evgeny Morozov - The Internet in Society: Empowering or censoring citizens? (RSA)
RSA Animate - The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

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