The Internet: the greatest threat to elite domination
The emergence of the Internet poses a greater threat to the control of humanity by a small elite class than the appearance of the printing press did in the fifteenth century. Because the elite were able to turn the printing press to their benefit by dominating the publishing industry, they thought they could do the same with the Internet. The benefit of secretly monitoring everyone’s communications seemed to outweigh the risks, which they limit by controlling the domain name system (DNS) and the Internet infrastructure itself through government agencies and telecommunications corporations. They can blacklist any website domain name and can surveil, regulate or block transmissions through the infrastructure.
But now the elite are genuinely frightened by the success of alternative news media such as Infowars.com. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that: “We are in an information war, and we’re losing that war.” Senator Jay Rockefeller asked, “Would it have been better if we had never invented the Internet?” And so the elite have been taking steps to assert their control through censoring, eliminating anonymity and threatening to shut down the Internet with a “kill switch”.
Many who value freedom have realized the great boon the Internet is to humanity and are working to free it from government and corporate control. Through sharing of information the people of the world can become informed and educated; they can be given tools to lift themselves out of ignorance and poverty. People from different cultures can learn through direct communication how much alike we all are and how much common interest we have in peace and prosperity.
11 ways to support Internet freedom
|1. Use encrypted email to thwart government spying. If you already use the open source Thunderbird email client, install the enigmail add-on.|
|2. Use Startpage to use the Google web search tool anonymously. Startpage does NOT collect or share ANY personal information!|
|3. Withdraw your support from corporate-controlled social websites like Facebook or the new Google+. Read Silver Shield’s article Delete Facebook. Eric Schmidt of Google recently admitted that Google wants to own your identity on the internet.|
|4. Oppose any legislative attempts to restrict the internet, such as internet taxes, and support net neutrality through groups such as Save The Internet: Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.|
|5. Support the Electronic Frontier Foundation: When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.|
|6. Support projects that support Internet anonymity, such as the Tor project by hosting a Tor relay, if you are bold enough to take the risk: Activists worldwide use Tor to protect their anonymity online and to circumvent Internet censorship. But they all rely on a limited number of user-provided “relays” to protect themselves and communicate with others.|
|7. Support the Free Software Foundation (FSF): As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us.|
|8. Support projects aligned with the recent U.N. declaration that Internet access is a human right, such as the Buy This Satellite project, which seeks to bring free internet access to areas of the world that need it most: We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves — a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right.|
|9. Support the development and spread of open source decentralized social software alternatives to Facebook and Twitter:|
|10. Support projects which are building a decentralized Internet infrastructure, outside government and corporate control. Here are a few of many such projects:
|11. Consider attending ContactCon, an upcoming event in NYC, October 20, 2011: Contact is a working festival of innovation where the net’s leading minds and entrepreneurs can connect with the people who are building the social technologies of tomorrow.|
This is the seventh article in a series of eleven on the theme of decentralization: Fractal Sovereignty, Decentralized Manufacturing, Decentralized Money, Decentralized Education, Decentralized Agriculture, Decentralized Government, Decentralized Communication, Decentralized Security, Decentralized Energy, Decentralized Medicine and Decentralized Religion.