Tag: politics

The Sovereignty of Cyberspace

The Internet is a very unique gathering of individuals, in a very strange sort of place, and it should stay that way. However, the American government, with the support of conglomerates like Comcast, are looking to strangle the very essence that makes the Internet what it is. Collectively, cyber citizens need to rise up and fight for what we have nurtured, created, and love so dearly.

“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

So begins the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace; authored by John Perry Barlow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which I am a member, in the Febuary of 1996. This entire document was written almost a decade before social media was put into practice, or was even a developed idea. It amazing to me that almost 20 years later, these words have more of an impact, and are somewhat predifined, as a fateful recreation of the years to come.

SOPA, PIPA, Comcast, PRISM, the NSA, and countless others are searching for a way to infringe upon our privacy; take our liberties and enforce laws in a domain where no laws should exist. I’m an avid, and proud, supporter of a free web. The Internet needs to stay a place where people can express themselves in any way they see fit, a place where business can be conducted without too many hands trying to find there way into the pot, and a place that cutural and social difference don’t divide people, they unite them.

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Does World Citizenship Matter?

I recently listened to the Nerdist podcast with Bill Gates. I thought that it would be focused on Microsoft and his history with the company. Instead, and what I didn’t realize, was that it was released along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Annual Letter. I knew that he was a huge supporter of third world countries, and that his philanthropic helped people all over the globe. But what I did not expect out of listening was to be introduced to “world citizenship”.

And honestly, it does matter; in ways I’ve never thought of, or realized, before. The concept is that everyone on the planet should be aware of the welfare of the rest of the world. Even though I’ve always been stubborn and only care about the United States, it made me realize a few things. Conflict in the Middle East DOES affect everyone, Polio and different diseases CAN affect me, political unrest in Egypt WILL affect my son’s life in the future, and there IS something I can do about it.

World citizenship is a very unique theory. I’m happy to have ended up listening to the whole podcast, and even read the annual letter (both are linked below). I don’t want to push people, or inspire them to do something. Just give the letter a read, or the podcast a listen, and make your own conclusion.

Nerdist Podcast with Bill Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter

 

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