On Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Green Library Bender Room, Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, will be in conversation with Stanford Professor of Computer Science Terry Winograd. They'll be introduced by Alexis Madrigal, technology editor at The Atlantic.
Morozov is currently a visiting scholar in Stanford's Liberation Technology Program, and his book made a real splash last year: see, e.g., the New York Times review and this entertaining 10-minute animated summary of a presentation at the Royal Society for the Arts called "The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?" which touches on some themes from the book. He has spoken extensively about the "current events" aspect of his book (which can be roughly caricatured as "Twitter and the Arab Spring"), but for our event he and Terry will likely address more philosophical issues of cyberutopianism, cyberspace as "space," etc.
To get a sense of Morozov's most recent work, I highly recommend his review essay, "Form and Fortune," on the recent Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs; this essay was the cover story in The New Republic last month. Have a look also at his amusing and very smart op-ed from New York Times a few weeks ago, "The Death of the Cyberflâneur."
Morozov's outstanding book has just come out in paperback; it won't be sold at the event, so be sure to bring a copy from your local bookstore if you'd like to follow along during the conversation or to get an autograph from our honored author.
Please see the official event announcement here, and note the request for RSVP: seating will be limited.