Session: A Twitter Revolution without revoluationaries?

What we know and what we don’t know about the impact of the Internet on authoritarian states.

It’s become common for pundits and politicians alike to laud the Internet as the ultimate technology of liberation that could crush authoritarian regimes and replace them with democracies. We have seen a barrage of such predictions in the wake of the so-called “Twitter revolution” in Iran. But is it really true? How are authoritarian governments responding to the Internet threat? Could the Internet be the very technology that would prolong their stay in power? In this talk, Evgeny Morozov, a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and a Yahoo! fellow at Georgetown University, will examine how far we can go in predicting the Internet’s true impact on authoritarianism.