To date there is no effect of new media on society and politics that has not been examined by Belarusian sociologist and journalist Evgeni Morozov (Soligorsk, 1984), university researcher turned polemicist and expert on geopolitics and information technology. Both in essays that have been translated into a number of different languages ("L'ingenuità della rete", "Contro Steve Jobs", "Internet non salverà il mondo") and in contributions that have appeared in some of the most authoritative titles on the planet ("New Republic", "The New York Times", "The Economist", "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", "The Wall Street Journal", "Financial Times"), Morozov has harshly criticised both the economic basis of digital neoliberalism and the Vulgate cyber optimism that accompanies triumphs in the field. His book "Silicon Valley. I signori del silicio" (2016) collects essays and articles that he has published over the past three years, and is presented as an organic invective against corporate policies of the new economy, which under patina of the technological revolution and the thrust of innovation render the unscrupulous capitalisation of personal data, privacy and the fundamental freedoms of its users increasingly clear. In 2018 he published with Francesca Bria – Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer of the City of Barcelona – the essay "Ripensare le smart city".
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