Monday, November 17, 2008

Net Neutrality

Soon blogs could be written by you, four business men, their assistants and a censorship committee - Not exactly the kind of input you were hoping for.

Network Neutrality or Net Neutrality for short, is a principle which is applied to all of the content which is available for all to see on this crazy thing we called the World Wide Web. The principle itself is to keep the content under neutral grounds, “free of restrictions on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, on the modes of communication allowed, which does not restrict content, sites or platforms, and where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams.” (Wikipedia)

What some of the web’s users don’t know is that the web is already controlled by key figures in media industries. They own the companies and the ideas that those companies produce and project to their online communities on a commercial level. However, in North America at this time the content directly placed on the web, such as ideas from an individuals sitting at home and speaking their minds, are not controlled or censored whatsoever. But this Net Neutrality debate poses the threat that all online content will be kept in surveillance and be able to have restriction by the key players in the World Wide Web.

So basically there are two sides of this debate, one side is to embrace what we have now, and realize that our free culture is what makes our web such a respected community, OR you could believe in the ‘necessity’ of net neutrality and believe that it will add shape to the future of our internet.

How you think is not my concern, and I am not really here to tell you how you should think, but then again this is my blog, so what I can do is leave you with a quotation that reflects MY beliefs.

"Allowing broadband carriers to control what people see or do online would fundamentally undermine the principles that have made the internet such a success...A number of justifications have been created to support carrier control over consumer choices online; none stand up to scrutiny." - Vint Cerf, Google Chief Internet Evangelist and Co-Developer of the Internet Protocol

Google, "A Guide to Net Neutrality for Google Users ." Google Help Center. 2008.

Google. 11 Nov 2008 .

Wikipedia, "Net Neutrality." Wikipedia. 11 Nov 2008

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