Does the internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? In this new RSA adapted from a talk given in 2009, Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on 'cyber-utopianism' – the seductive that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics.

Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during 's ' revolution' fewer than 20,000 users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet.