The internet in society: empowering or censoring citizens?

11 minutes

How we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’

In The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?, the Belarusian-born commentator Evgeny Morozov argues that, when it comes to oppression, the web is a far more complex system than cyber-utopians make it out to be, offering a tool to both activists and totalitarian governments rather than having an inherent bias towards freedom. In audio excerpted from an RSA lecture, Morozov argues that by viewing the internet as a tool for freedom, we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’.

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Producer: Abi Stephenson

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