Is the Internet a tool for creating a utopia or a dystopia?
The Internet has revolutionised how we communicate, seek out information, buy things, as well as enabling us to publish our every thought. But what world is it helping to create? One of infinite possibilities for all, or a reasserting of state and corporate power? In our first show, //Border_Lands will look at how the Internet has both realised our best hopes and our deepest fears, leaving us still unsure as to how we understand and define this tool.
In this show we will revisit the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, authored by John Perry Barlow in 1996 to explore how well this utopianism has aged over the last 21 years; how facebook and Google Drives helped get medical supplies to protesters in Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian revolution; the limitations and heightened expectations of ‘twitter revolutions’, in this case the 2009 Green Movement in Iran, and we revisit the words of caution and scepticism from Evgeny Morozov who saw the promise of networked protest in Eastern Europe fall flat as he worked with activists across the region.
Does the Internet create a utopia or a dystopia? Does it enable liberation or repression? Do we even have the right language to discuss and define these technologies?
SHOW NOTES FROM DIS/u/TOPIA_
Spotify Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/user/nswilliams86/playlist/0acjv9z3ttdbDEayDA44n5
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace - John Perry Barlow - https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence
John Perry Barlow reading the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WS9DhSIWR0
Tristan Harris - How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day / TED Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74amJRp730
New Technologies & the Egyptian Revolution
Gene Sharp - 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action - http://www.aeinstein.org/nonviolentaction/198-methods-of-nonviolent-action/
Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter & Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, Yale University Press, 2017
Zeynep Tufekci on Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XXIqosS5ws
The Green Movement & the Limits of Utopianism
The Myths And Realities Of New Media In Iran's Green Movement, Golnaz Esfandiari (Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty) - https://www.rferl.org/a/Irans_Green_Movement_And_New_Media/2068714.html
Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama, Mike Musgrove (Washington Post) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/16/AR2009061603391.html
Evaluating Iran's Twitter Revolution, Jared Keller (The Atlantic) - https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/06/evaluating-irans-twitter-revolution/58337/
Evgeny Morozov: The Birth of a Sceptic
Evgeny vs. the internet, Michael Meyer (Columbia Journalism Review) - http://archives.cjr.org/cover_story/evgeny_vs_the_internet.php
Evgeny Morozov - How the Internet strengthens dictatorships / TED Talks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hFk6FDrZBc
Evgeny Morozov, To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism, and the Urge to Fix Problems that Don't Exist, Penguin Books LTD, 2014
Evgeny Morozov, The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate The World, Penguin Books LTD, 201217:00 - 19:00