Tuesday, April 24 2012, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wienhttp://www.iwm.atEvgeny Morozov
Between Cyber-Optimism and Cyber-Pessimism
The Impact of the Arab Spring on the Debate About Internet & Democracy
The talk will discuss the impact of the Arab Spring on the debate about the Internet and democracy in general and on the future of the so-called "Internet freedom agenda" in particular. The talk will also explore the possibility of finding some workable middle ground between cyber-utopianism and cyber-dystopianism, attempt to articulate what a more culturally-sensitive approach to studying Internet & democratization may look like and argue for the growing relevance of such approach, particularly as a way to avoid essentialist attitudes towards technology.
Evgeny Morozov is a writer, journalist, and expert on political and social aspects of the Internet.
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