Praise for Belarus...
“Last outpost of tyranny
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"A model social state like
the one we're
beginning to create!"
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Information Revolution Marches On
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US Presidents ♥ the Internets
"The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought
down by the David of the microchip"
Ronald Reagan, 1989
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“Trying to control the Internet is like trying to nail
Jell-o to the wall”
Bill Clinton, 2000
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“Imagine if the Internet took hold in China.
Imagine how freedom would spread"
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“Blogs are the new faxes”
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Welcome to Cyber-Utopia!
Connectivity X Devices = Democracy
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“Drop iPods, not Bombs”
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Intended vs Actual
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Spin + Internet = Spinternet
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Spining vs Censoring
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Uses of “authoritarian deliberation”
1. Generate information useful to government:
2. Share the blame for failed policies with the
3. Increase legitimacy (both at home and abroad):
Iran: Twitter counter-revolution?
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But what about “digital natives”?
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Cyber-Activism vs Cyber-Hedonism
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Catalyst of change vs opium for the masses
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Digital Renegades vs Digital Captives
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Brave New World of Cyber-Hedonism
Category China US
% of teenagers addicted 42 18
to the Web
% of teenagers with 61 13
“parallel life” online
% of teenagers not 25 12
feeling OK going w/t
Internet for a day
% of teenagers who 32 11
said Internet broadens
their sex life
Young Digital Mavens”, JWT/IAC, Fall 2007
Hierarchy of Cyber-Needs
LEARN: Wikipedia, TED
SHARE: Facebook, Twitter
TALK: Email, instant messaging, blogs
HAVE FUN: pornography, BitTorrent, YouTube
Some Right Reserved, Evgeny Morozov
Which way freedom?
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