Internet: the good, the bad and the disruption.
While talking about the Internet and the Web, I would like to focus on one detail which I find important. While using the Internet we want to be free and we want to be safe.
It is an old paradox: if we want to be safe, we want everyone to follow some rules and regulations. But at the same time, regulations often seem to interfere with our freedom.
So what we want to be free from while online, and what would we like to be protected from?
Can we find a common ground for our freedoms and safeties? How can it be put into the policy which is working for all?
That is what the latest conversations over the internet policy are about: SOPA, PIPA, Anonymous, Privacy, Sharing, Intellectual Property - all these buzz is about combining safety and freedom.
So what do we have now?
If I try compare the current situation with politics: internetwise, we seem to get stuck somewhere between anarchy and dictatorship, and we usually feel awkward about both extremes.
To create a clear and useful proposition for policy, which does make life of humans better it will be a good idea to define very precisely what do we mean by Internet Safety and Internet Freedom, and to see where do we agree, where do we disagree, and what, after all, do we mean by “We”.
I would like to end my report with a quote from Wikipedia
The terms Internet and World Wide Web are often used in everyday speech without much distinction. However, the Internet and the World Wide Web are not one and the same. The Internet establishes a global data communications system between computers. In contrast, the Web is one of the services communicated via the Internet. It is a collection of interconnected documents and other resources, linked by hyperlinks and URLs. In addition to the Web, the Internet also powers a multitude of other services, including (among others) email, file transfer, newsgroups, and online games. On the flip side, Web services can exist apart from the internet, such as on a private intranet.
References and suggestions for further reading.
- Morozov, Evgeny The Net delusion, 2011, Public Affairs, New York.