The Future of Internet Freedom

The Internet has unquestionably changed the world for the better. The most important part of the Internet is not a video of a cat playing keyboard; the most important part of the Internet is the democratization of knowledge. Like the printing press, the Internet has expanded the once controlled paradigm of information, and the establishment is scrabbling to gain control.
internetThe current form of Internet hierarchy is a nonlinear spider-web like system without centralized hubs. Though large hubs do route mass amounts of information, sites can be accessed through smaller locally owned, privately owned and government owned servers. The decentralization of the Internet servers has allowed the Internet to resist cyber attacks from bots and hackers. The same decentralized servers allow websites like WikiLeaks to route user information through many different IPs, in turn protecting the anonymity of whistle blowers.
The past 10 years has seen a shift in the way people gain information. Mainstream media outlets have been left in the dust by quick-fingered bloggers with well-connected networks. Like trained information hounds the blogosphere can vet storied in real time, often leading to the exposure of Corporate and Government spin. A poignant example would be the Downing Street Memo.

The only way a Government can control a vital aspect of life is through fear. Currently talking heads around the country are hyping the treat of cyber security.CNN hosted a mock cyber war. Fox News, Yahoo News, Huffington Post and many others from all spectrums of politics are hyping the threat of cyber war, while simultaneously Senator Jay Rockefeller’s Cyber Security Act of 2009 is being scheduled for a vote.
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In the Cyber Security Act of 2009 (S.773) the FCC will be given regulatory power over the Internet, a program will be developed to licenses all Internet users, and a scholarship would be created to teach kids as young as 5 to work as Cyber Security Agents. The bill is only 50 pages of double spaced legalese, I implore you all to read the bill.
The Pentagon is well aware of the real threats of cyber security, which is why the pentagon has their own secure networks not linked to the public networks. The idea our Military Servers could be hacked and controlled is far fetch. The threat of Cyber Security is being used as a smokescreen to control Internet freedom. In 2006 a Freedom of Information Request by the National Security Archive at George Washington University revealed the Pentagon’s approach towards Internet security, called the Information Operation Roadmap. In the document the Pentagon states:
“We Must Fight the Net. DoD [Department of Defense] is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to fight the net.”
Clearly the established mediums for information are threatened by the democratization of knowledge. Don’t allow the Government to regulate the Internet for ‘safety’ or else ‘freedom of information’ will become an out dated nomenclature. Contact your Congress today to reject S.773!

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