Don't take this lightly

Don't take this lightly

By Ralf Skirr.

When the control freaks win, the internet as we know it is gone. Pressure is mounting.
My prediction: In the end it will be the governments who end the free internet to protect themselves.

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Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin
Exclusive: Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'

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  1. Rohan Pawale April 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    The 'Internet' as we know it, that we are defending is itself trying to backflip and eat us. After getting huge support from the masses these social media sites and search engines have duped us! So many data tracking algorithms have been introduced in Google, Twitter also kinda went semi censored, and Facebook….duh! need I say more.

    Let us not forget that these companies that we are protecting from the big bad corporations and bureaucrats, under the name of free internet are big bad corporations themselves with an innocent face..

  2. Ralf Skirr April 16, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    +Rohan Pawale What you say is true for the 'walled garden' companies. +Sergey Brin mentions. As well as the less walled one he works for.

    Still, regarding freedom for you and me and everyone, there remain the 2 aspects of (quote) "governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens" and "the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy" to be worried about. Both essentially are about shutting down sites any time for any reason the big guys consider 'appropriate.'

    I care about defending these trends. Right now, average guys like you an me can express our views and drive change through communication and communities online. If governments and/or corporations start censoring the internet, we can go back to sipping latte in our favorite coffee shop and not think about anything.

  3. Rohan Pawale April 16, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    I am not saying we should not oppose the bad government policies, like the "entertainment industry trying to crackdown on piracy" which sounds like "A holes like Steve Jobs trying to shut down free file sharing like they took down Napster" so yes, I get the point, but what I am saying is, we must also cross check if the companies that we are backing so meticulously are not going to kick our ass later in time, given the recent privacy changes that most of them implemented recently.

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