The WikiLeaks Case: America’s Internet Freedom Hypocrisy

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Stephen M. Walt and Evgeny Morozov discuss the inherent contradictions behind America’s support for free and open access to the Internet internationally and its attempts at censorship domestically. Morozov argues that by asking Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, the U.S. government was “asking them to basically take the same action that we would probably criticize were it to happen in China.”

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Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and runs the magazine’s “Net Effect” blog about the Internet’s impact on global politics.

Evgeny Morozov is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. He was formerly a Yahoo! fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a fellow at George Soros’s Open Society Institute, where he remains on the board of the Information Program.

Previously, he was Director of New Media at the Prague-based NGO Transitions Online (TOL) and a columnist for the Russian newspaper Akzia. He is also on the sub-board of the Information Program of the Open Society Institute.

Morozov’s writings have appeared in many publications, including The Economist, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune.



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