internet censorship????

3 years, 6 months ago

i am trying to figure out how much of a danger internet censorship poses right now or in the near future…..i am not too tech savvy when it comes to REALLY understanding how it all works, but it seems to me that anything short of completely shutting down the internet will not do a thing. sure, it is possible to shut down a particular site, but what is to stop that site from opening up ten minutes later under a different name or whatever?

i understand certain things, like copyright infringement for example, or child porn. but what happens if the powers that be (or greedy corporations i should say) decide that they dont want the average citizen to talk about things like genetically modified foods, or just how bad some of the "medications" are being sold by the likes of pfizer, or the wrongs committed by the police force, or government agencies?

is it REALLY possible? because it seems to me that for as long as i can put my words and thoughts anywhere on the internet, then i cant be stopped…..what if somebody decided that they dont like the conversations on high existence and shut it down? is this paranoia or something that could really happen?

the internet has really changed the way our lives are lived. it has really changed the fact that we dont have to be force-fed a load of crap from the media. it has allowed for the truth of our situations to be accessed by everyone who wants to get to the bottom of things. im worried though when i see things about internet censorship, and wonder just how far it could go, if allowed to run rampant by corporations, and governments. is it truly possible? can anyone shed some light that is "in the know" about this?

August 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

The internet already is censored, we just don’t really know it yet. People will get different google results, depending on their past searches, and their location. Thank god for groups such as anonymous though, because they have the insight, tools, and intellect to be able to suppress it. But you are right too, if one part of the internet gets taken down, I guarantee someone will put it back up. The people just have more say when it comes to the internet, because really the internet is our hive mind, and I think the general person around the world, believes in a free, and open internet.

Profile photo of Alex Eastman Alex Eastman (@alex) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

It is completely possible Jep. China has censored anything related to democracy, and if you google it you are put on a watch list.
And I agree with alex, it’s partly censored already, but not to the point where its forcing you to think differently… Its more like “suggesting” another route. If you google anonymous, the home website wont come up, but anti-anonymous videos and news sites will. But, if you look for it you can still find it.
I dont think the government shutting down the internet will happen anytime soon, and if that DOES happen, expect full out riots from millions of memebase fans, facebook addicts and damnlol lovers xD

Profile photo of daveb daveb (@daveb) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

interesting. I just googled anonymous (small a).

top results were the wiki on the group, then anonops, anonnews, whyweprotest, 4chan, the ohinternet post that discredits them, plus the dictionary definition of the word.

I admit to being a bit naive about things that are nefarious, but it doesn’t look like my google did a very good job on the whole censorship thing.

Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

Yeah. It’s not a giant censor. It’s more like you’re slowly growing your own internet bubble, and everyone forms their own. Of course all these bubbles will overlap, but there will be little spots that don’t show up. It’s just that the majority of the public will use one source to browse the internet, like google. Alex is right, the information will always be there, but it will begin to take more effort on your part to find them.
Even though very little information will be lost on the internet, its still a censorship, and having a power over that, is not a good idea, because some people could exploit that.
I doubt we’ll ever see anything like a complete ban on the internet, but censorship even in the smallest form, just doesn’t seem right for the internet. The internet is our hive mind, and should contain everything that is the human experience.

Profile photo of Alex Eastman Alex Eastman (@alex) 3 years, 6 months ago ago

oh wow dave o_o nice, haha. It was more of a metaphor, but when i google it, my top result is a news coverage over it, but the rest are actually anon sites >_> my bad.

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