The War for the Net Continues

Is Cyberspace going militant?

In an information society, the one who holds the information holds the power. The internet gives us all a little place to grab on to so that we too may have a voice in this big, loud world. But that means there is a shift away from traditional power structures. In the past, it’s always been either governmnets or religions that have held sway. Now, the internet is the single largest force out there, connecting almost every corner of the globe. We’ve seen what it can do. Look at the protests in Iran. Camera phones captured the violence, chaos, and oppression then beamed it to the web so we could all be a part of it and know what was going on. The power is now in our hands. This of course is going to scare traditional power structures which is why lately we’ve been seeing a slow, insidious push to rope in the internet. According to this site, a new treaty may require ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to spy on their customers. Oh how easy it is to make the service provider the slave master. Unfortunately, we are beholden to them to get to the glorious land of Madness and Funny (the web) so there’s really no running from this.  But it shows that the internet is a powerful force that, if used correctly, can do a lot towards changing the world. Whether people will make it a change for the better or worse, that depends on the people, but the opportunity for creating something new is certainly there. Which is why these people are scared and they should be because we all have a voice and cyberspace gives us a place to use it.

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