The Internet is something that excites me. Maybe not as much as it excites Tezza but quite a bit none the less. Its emancipating powers are enormous. It is uncensored and has lead to an exponential rise in mobilisation and resistance, not to mention the fact that it is a massive source of uncensored information. Entire research pieces can now be written using only the Internet and they are just a good as any paper based research (although this is certainly not the rule – yet).
However it has a dark underbelly where much resides. I like a lot of this stuff, I can find out about odd cults, find highly subversive disinformation and be entertained for hours and hoons doing stupid stuff on motorbikes. However the web gets much darker than this. Porn (some dark, others not), Snuff and as we have seen explode onto our news of late – Child Pornography.
With freedom comes responsibility. A complete absence of censorship is being exploited by some sickening people. There is no doubt that the medium of the Internet has facilitated a rise in the incidences of child pornography (I can even bring myself to call it “porn”). Now I support the mechanism that is in place which allows this to go on – the uncensored Internet. However I fear that Child Pornography could be the Terrorism that is an excuse to limit our freedoms. I would hate to see a system where the Internet becomes as regulated here as it is in say Singapore or China.
The research is still sketchy into both Child Pornography and the Internet. Child Pornography should be stamped out but not at the cost of our freedom. Don’t fool yourself about how heavily the Internet is already being surveyed.
Haven’t said much about the election for about two days so I thought I’d post this quote taken from Crikey
- Many social commentators point to five key factors required for a healthy democracy. We need a strong opposition, an independent and fearless media, an engaged public, a series of checks and balances on power, and an honest and accountable government. In this election we have gone backwards in all five categories, and a turn around is unlikely in the near future.