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In The 'Net Delusion,' Internet Serves Oppressors
Sure, election protesters in Iran were able to tweet, blog and record the violence they saw, which prompted some to claim the victory of a social media revolution.  But think about the flip side, cautions Morozov.

Authoritarian governments can harness the Internet's power to serve their purposes as well.  Some use it for surveillance, Morozov says, "tracking down what's happening on social networks, trying to identify who are all of those people tweeting."
freedom  politics  tyranny  privacy  spying  government  oppression  iran  burma  tech  information  architecture  ia  socialmedia 
january 2011 by jju

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