Martin Gelin is an award-winning author of six books on American politics and culture. Since 2010, he has been the U.S. correspondent for Dagens Nyheter, a national newspaper in Sweden. His writing and commentary on U.S. politics has been featured on BBC, CNN, The New York Times, NPR, Slate, and Granta magazine.
The Internet is Broken: Silicon Valley and the Crisis of Democracy.
Silicon Valley's daydreaming visionaries were supposed to preserve democracy and save the world, but instead, their inventions paved the way for an anti-democratic revolution that now seems to threaten our entire human civilization. What happened?
The global wave of anti-democratic right-wing populism forces the Silicon Valley companies to ask themselves what role they have played in this development. Ten years ago, the world seemed to move in an unstoppable direction towards more democracy, openness and tolerance. Now, country by country seems to be heading in the opposite direction.
Martin Gelin and Karin Pettersson have visited the major tech companies in the United States - Facebook, Google, Twitter - and interviewed the leading experts in the American debate on media, democracy and new technologies, to gain a deeper understanding of the huge challenges that are now awaiting us. How can we make internet and social media tools that promote democracy?
Although the focal point is in Silicon Valley, the authors take us to Berlin, Oxford, Hong Kong, Hungary, Cambridge, Poland, Istanbul and Mexico City. They depict the chaos in India, Burma and Sri Lanka that arose when internet and social media reached places that previously lacked both internet access and functioning news media.
Internet är trasigt
Natur & Kultur
Swedish manuscript (final) and English sample