Digital democracy

Does the internet actually inhibit or encourage democracy? In this animated video adapted from a talk by Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics.

Evgeny Morozov, born in Soligorsk, Belarus is a writer and researcher who studies political and social implications of technology. Morozov attended the American University in Bulgaria and later lived in Berlin before moving to the United States.

Morozov is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and a contributing editor of and blogger for Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the blog Net Effect. He has previously been a Yahoo! fellow at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, a fellow at the Open Society Institute, director of new media at the NGO Transitions Online, and a columnist for the Russian newspaper Akzia. In 2009 he was chosen as a TED fellow where he spoke about how the Web influences civic engagement and regime stability in authoritarian, closed societies or in countries “in transition.”

Morozov’s writings have appeared in various newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalFinancial TimesThe EconomistThe GuardianNew ScientistThe New RepublicTimes Literary SupplementNewsweek International,International Herald TribuneBoston ReviewSlate, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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