Is the internet an inherently pro-democracy technology? Was Twitter a fundamental part of the 2009 protests in Iran? Not according to Evgeny Morozov, who argues against this “cyber-utopian” view in "The Net Delusion", a new book that suggests that the internet can be just as effective at sustaining authoritarian regimes. Tom Standage, the editor of The Economist online, considers the book's merits and problems with Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor of The Economist, in this monthly books podcast. Ms Rocco also talks about Patrick French's new book "India: A portrait" with James Astill, the paper's South Asia correspondent.