About Evgeny

Bio

I am an expert on political and social aspects of the Internet as well as a journalist and an author. I am currently at work on a book on how the Internet influences global affairs, with a particular focus on how it influences civic engagement and regime stability in closed societies. I have written on new media and technology for numerous publications, including The Economist, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, Boston Review, Le Monde, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, and Foreign Policy. I also run a popular Foreign Policy blog called Net.Effect. I am currently a fellow at the Open Society Institute and a board member of its Information Program. Born in Belarus, I currently reside in New York.

Languages

English, Russian

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

technology, politics, Human Rights, New Media, Russia , Economic Development

An idea worth spreading

Technology will profoundly reshape the geopolitics and global affairs of the future, but, unless we are smart and realistic about its impact, this change may not necessarily be positive.

I'm passionate about

impact of technology on democracy, geopolitics, human rights, economic development, new ways of learning, cybersecurity, new business models for the media, future of diplomacy

Talk to me about

Social and political impact of technology. Education. Eurasia. Human rights. The future of knowledge and information.

People don't know I'm good at

teaching.

My TED story

I've been a big fan of the TED conference ever since TED videos found their new home on the Web. I'm thrilled to become part of the TED family!

Comments & conversations

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Evgeny Morozov
Posted over 4 years ago
To what extent has social media contributed to the spreading of the People's revolutions and call for Freedom in Tunisia & Egypt?
The governments of Tunisia and Egypt were overthrown in part because they did not pay enough attention to the power of the Internet. How else to explain the fact that the Egyptian government took little effort to crack down on the Facebook groups opposing it in the several months preceding the protests? Social media are good for publicizing protests - but, as they are social by definition, they are also easy to track and monitor, subjecting protesters to risks they may not even be aware of. What we are going to see in the months to come is more governments learning the tricks of open-source intelligence gathering to avoid being caught off guard like Ben Ali or Hosni Mubarak.