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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Because the web belongs to you

Do you think I would miss the opportunity to share this?

You must read the rest of what is a long and very well written article in Scientific American. And I just love this...

The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending"

“The Web as we know it, is being threatened in different ways.

Why should you care? It is a public resource on which you, your business, your community, your government and evidently, yours truly depend. And because the Web is yours.

The Web is also vital to democracy, a communications channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. The Web is now more critical to free speech than any other medium.

Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments—totalitarian and democratic alike—are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.”

If we, the Web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands. We could lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want. The ill effects could extend to smartphones and pads, which are also portals to the extensive information that the Web provides.

Here is the long story

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