Fight the Net

Evgeny Morozov's war on digital perfectionism

Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

If you have a problem, Silicon Valley has the solution. Struggling with your weight? Try self-tracking devices that record your calories in and calories out--and upload that data to the Internet for all to see. Fed up with city hall? Open government will hack the bureaucracy and allow citizens to take matters into their own hands. Plagued by crime? Predictive policing will prevent crime before it happens--or simply tweak the environment to ensure that lawbreaking is all but impossible. "Fitter, happier, more productive" might have been a chillingly robotic Radiohead refrain in the mid-1990s, but as the technology critic Evgeny Morozov...