As I recently wrote about here, Google is calling for us to join them in the fight to keep the Internet open and free from government censorship and control. I think this is a worthy fight that needs to be taken to governments and corporations everywhere.
There is the caveat, however, that Google has too much monopolistic power over how information gets served and accessed on the net. This worry is expressed by this comment on the Reddit thread that will be the excerpted source of this article.
So while I laud Google’s fight for Internet freedom, we must keep in mind that Google’s power over search must also be carefully monitored, controlled and censored
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Here is Google’s latest attempt to reach out to the public in support of their initiatives for Internet freedom.
Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together. This wasn’t merely philosophical; it was also practical.
Our protocols were designed to make the networks of the Internet non-proprietary and interoperable. They avoided “lock-in,” and allowed for contributions from many sources. This openness is why the Internet creates so much value today. Because it is borderless and belongs to everyone, it has brought unprecedented freedoms to billions of people worldwide: the freedom to create and innovate, to organize and influence, to speak and be heard.
But starting in a few hours, a closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is taking place in Dubai, and regulation of the Internet is on the agenda. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is convening a conference from December 3-14 to revise a decades-old treaty, in which only governments have a vote. Some proposals could allow governments to justify the censorship of legitimate speech, or even cut off Internet access in their countries.
You can read more about my concerns on CNN.com, but I am not alone. So far, more than 1,000 organizations from more than 160 countries have spoken up too, and they’re joined by hundreds of thousands of Internet users who are standing up for a free and open Internet. On an interactive map at freeandopenweb.com, you can see that people from all corners of the world have signed our petition, used the #freeandopen hashtag on social media, or created and uploaded videos to say how important these issues are.
If you agree and want to support a free and open Internet too, I invite you to join us by signing the petition at google.com/takeaction. Please make your voice heard and spread the word.
Posted by Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist
Labels: policy and issues
I believe we should support Google in this effort, but the point of his post is to have some fun viewing the passionate rhetoric assault on freedom brings out of people. This selection is from this thread on Reddit concerning Google’s post.
I think it should be fairly obvious by now that Governments hate freedom. All Governments. These Governments especially hate the Internet. Governments like to cheat and break the rules, to put things in a simplified way. They hate it when we call them out for it. The Internet has given people, all over the World, much more freedom to do this. Before the Internet and Computers a Government would simply either outlaw or outright destroy a printing press if they didn’t what was printed. As for Radio and TV, draconian laws ere out into place to make sure the public didn’t get too “uppity” (a crude but effective word). Now, the Governments want to fix things so that freedom is massively curtailed or outright banned. Dissent will be especially stomped on. Hell, a lot of the discussions here on reddit might be banned. This is not good. Soon the days of free speech the Net will disappear.