Saturday, December 27, 2003

A Net of Control
Unthinkable: How the Internet could become a tool of corporate and government power, based on updates now in the works...

By Steven Levy
Newsweek InternationalIssues 2004 - Picture, if you will, an information infrastructure that encourages censorship, surveillance and suppression of the creative impulse. Where anonymity is outlawed and every penny spent is accounted for. Where the powers that be can smother subversive (or economically competitive) ideas in the cradle, and no one can publish even a laundry list without the imprimatur of Big Brother. Some prognosticators are saying that such a construct is nearly inevitable. And this infrastructure is none other than the former paradise of rebels and free-speechers: the Internet.

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thanks to Bill at "thoughts on the eve of the apocalypse"