Evgeny Morozov is one of the best informed critics of cyber-utopianism of our time. Morozov grew up in the south of former Soviet republic Belarus. Here, he became fascinated by the way technology could open up authoritarian societies.
Although he initially made a name as a cyber-optimist with regard to the rise of the internet and the democratization of the web, Morozov is now rather skeptical and pessimistic about the impact of digital technologies. From personal experience, he realized that the internet, after all, did not prove to be the dreamed-of tool that could change society.
In his books and articles, Morozov writes about the political and social implications of technology, and the crossroads our society is at. Smart technology transforms our world, making many aspects of our lives more convenient and efficient. As better and cheaper sensors can be embedded in almost everything, and technologies can log the products we buy and the way we use them, shouldn’t we ask ourselves how this impacts our lives? These technologies, that were created by mankind, influence our daily lives and have an unprecedented impact on our society. Does the same apply to economic mechanisms? If economy is, like technology is, not law of nature but rather a man-made construction, do we also have the power to change these systems ourselves?
Evgeny Morozov was a senior editor for independent journal The New Republic. He is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (winner of the 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize) and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. Previously, Morozov was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, a Scwhartz fellow at the New America Foundation, a Yahoo fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown, and a fellow at the Open Society Foundation.
His monthly Slate column on technology is published in Corriere della Sera, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and several other newspapers. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker.