A Net of Control

I read this interesting article A Net of Control in Newsweek magazine a few days ago, and i just found it again on the net, so i thought i’d post the link.

It talks about how the freedom we’ve enjoyed on the internet for years may just be stolen from us, and that the Internet could become a tool of corporate and government power because of the updates now in the works.

Picture, if you will, an information infrastructure that encourages censorship, surveillance and suppression of the creative impulse. Where anonymity is outlawed and every penny spent is accounted for. Where the powers that be can smother subversive (or economically competitive) ideas in the cradle, and no one can publish even a laundry list without the imprimatur of Big Brother.

It goes on to state the fact that whatever freedom is left to us is the freedom we stand up and fight for.

Unfortunately, our increasingly Internet-based society will get only the freedom it fights for.

I too see that the internet going in that same direction, and some of it is for the better and some of it for the worse.
And i too think that it’s the responsibility of the people to stand up and put the limits to how much control is exercised over the net to reap the new benefits as well as keep the old ones and the liberties we have now.

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