Thursday, 6 January 2011

The Internet and the state

This is a good summary of the key issues in the simmering debate about whether the internet is a good or bad thing for society. What's most interesting is that this avoids the tiresome discussions about personal use/abuse of technology (which is a matter of choice/conditioning anyway) and sticks to the sociological & political factors. It also takes a long-term view, not the usual "look at this example of disruptive technology - cool, eh?", arguing that "Internet freedom is a long game, to be conceived of and supported not as a separate agenda but merely as an important input to the more fundamental political freedoms."
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