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Three cheers for the internet

The internet cannot change everything overnight. But Evgeny Morozov is wrong: the web is still the greatest democratising force of our times

By Laurie Penny   December 2009

It’s easy to be cynical about the influence of the internet, particularly when one considers the weight of expectation on new technologies. William Gibson, the first writer to discuss the impact of the internet on the imagination, spoke eloquently of the disappointment of returning to real life after experiencing how human potential expands in cyberspace. In Prospect’s December cover story, Evgeny Morozov touches on this profound disappointment. But in doing so, he underestimates the internet’s revolutionary potential.

In 2008 I worked for the Labour government’s Digital Britain research and observed this mistake being made on a pan-European scale.  Labour remains…

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