Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Stanford University


After the Arab Spring: The Current State of the Internet & Democracy Debate  
Program on Liberation Technology Seminar Series

Date and Time
December 1, 2011
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Open to the public
No RSVP required

Evgeny Morozov - Visiting Scholar, Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University

The talk will discuss the impact that recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and other MENA countries has had on the debate about the Internet & 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 the author of the Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, published earlier this year and a visiting scholar with the Liberation Technology program at Stanford University. He's also a Schwartz fellow at New America Foundation and a frequent contributor to national and international media on questions of technology and politics. 

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