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“Mr Morozov catalogues many similar examples of the internet being used with similarly pacifying consequences today, as authoritarian regimes make an implicit deal with their populations: help yourselves to pirated films, silly video clips and online pornography, but stay away from politics. ‘The internet,’ Mr Morozov argues, ‘has provided so many cheap and easily available entertainment fixes to those living under authoritarianism that it has become considerably harder to get people to care about politics at all.’”

The internet can become an instrument of surveillance: “Social networks offer a cheaper and easier way to identify dissidents than other, more traditional forms of surveillance.

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