Between Cyber-Optimism and Cyber-Pessimism

Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

Monthly Lecture

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 writer, journalist, and expert on political and social aspects of the Internet.