Society’s ostrichism against the Internet’s freedom

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Back in 1997, I was a famous Advocate at Law with an MSc on Criminology, with appearances in national TV channels, interviewed by Reuter and all national media, continuously feeding journalists with information about the Internet, helping them when a crime occurred with global interest.

I had started a Ph.D. on Internet Law which I never finished, but my thesis’ topic was unique; it still is. There has not been a dissertation on the subject yet. I was discouraged from completing my research when I saw my supervisor professor using my arguments in a seminar as “her” arguments. My ego was hurt… I was too young.

On that unfinished dissertation, I had underlined that the Internet’s nature is freedom. In democratic regimes, the Internet should not be censored. Yes, there are dangers indeed, especially for the children — you have read about kids committing suicide, and some of them recorded their attempts live. Many of them died.

The Internet is like a razor: it can cure and can also kill with the same effectiveness.

There have seen suggestions by governments to control the Net, and we see efforts against Facebook *demanding* from them to “control” the content published on their platforms. Facebook promised to apply Artificial Intelligence to “predict” if a particular behavior is suicidal, assumingly to alert the environment of that user and help that way.

One could argue that those governmental Dinosaurs cannot, and they will never understand for the next 5–10 years at least, that they cannot stop technology, neither can they “rehabilitate” humans, especially kids that way. If someone, a kid or an adult, has a suicidal behavior, it’s not the Internet, the Facebook or any other media responsible either for that behavior or for his/her death as a result.

On the other hand, another one could argue that self-regulation is the only cure to the “problems” arising from the use of the Net. That is possible by establishing institutional bodies that can both protect the freedom of the Net and also apply self-regulation in the daily practice. This is an obligation of all governments; any other action against online communities and social networks is proof of the political “ignorance” about the power of the technology today.

But is this the case?

When it’s obvious that common sense is not followed by politicians, something else is happening underneath the surface of the reality served.

If you really want to understand the problem, try to think about the Internet as a danger to all political regimes. Blaming Facebook works as their ultimate hypocrisy. Politicians today play the role of the technologically agnostic individuals to facilitate the legislative efforts to control the big companies by justifying the censorship they want to apply. The “help to kids” is the carrot they use for getting society on their side and then going against our freedom and constitutional rights.

Governments cannot easily digest that Facebook has so many followers — aka potential votes against them.

Don’t fool yourself.

The Internet has the bodies that can regulate itself.

Is there hope?

There is no hope for as long parents maintain the “generation gap,” and the moral and ethical values of our society decline.

Keep your mind open and do not digest everything served to you easily no matter how conveniently that attitude facilitates your worry-free life.

Written by

LL.B., MSc, Writer, Success Coach —

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