Shaping the Internet Age

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

In “Shaping the Internet Age” an essay by Bill Gates, the computer tycoon emphasized how the internet have and have not made a difference in society. The problem is that the internet is consumed and even enjoyed by many but sadly not all. There are people who do not have the means to a computer let alone internet access. And so I thought, since Bill Gates is a billionaire, a business magnate, after having developed one of the world’s most popular software, what then, can he possibly contribute to better the global problem of digital divide? Being the genius that he is, why won’t he try to resolve the situation himself? If the problem gets solved anyway, it will be to his advantage in the end. He can very well further his interests and that of his company when everyone across nations would have computers and have access to the world wide web.

Another of my point is, given the global economic crisis, scarcity of food and water in many countries, climate change, terrorism, and other social issues, should the government be most concerned about the internet on top of all else? And if so, what role will the government play? What is the extent of this role? In Gates’ essay he mentioned that the regulation and policy making against cyber crimes and piracy for example, is exactly the government’s job. And that laws be enacted to protect parties from potential abuse. That the internet can only move forward if a legitimate entity can monitor what goes in and out of the web and regulate destructive, offensive content.

Given Gates’ point, my thinking goes: the internet is a revolution, it is happening. It is the first of its kind. It has given you and me power parallel to that of a Japanese executive or a Mexican drug lord. On the internet, anyone can do just about anything. If Gates’ wish could come true and the internet will be under strict supervision globally, will it still make sense? Will it change? What changes will be made? Will it threaten the freedom of its users? Will it threaten the information safari, the occasional porn sites, and the cyber relationships that is the internet?

With this I suggest that we celebrate the advent of technology in its most basic form while it still is. Let’s celebrate the digital jungle. Roam around the trees of knowledge, the rushing river of connections and food chain of information. We can only do so much. My point exactly is that freedom can be liberating indeed but it should always come at a price. Freedom is a good thing but it is permeable. As free users of the internet we will define its future. How it will evolve will depend on us and will affect us. And so we need to exercise ethical conduct ourselves. The idea is to remain the ever curious animal and not the devious predator.

  1. regulating the internet is actually a tough job. when the government limits the internet, will privacy problems cease? i dont think so…there are many people out there who can actually penetrate through those safety measures that the government might put up, i mean, creating hacking softwares for some people is just so easy.

  2. “With this I suggest that we celebrate the advent of technology in its most basic form while it still is. Let’s celebrate the digital jungle. Roam around the trees of knowledge, the rushing river of connections and food chain of information.”

    This is a very positive insight about the Internet. It’s already out there so all we have to do is enjoy it while it last. Click on every site that interests us and find all the solutions to our answers. We should maximize our privilege to have an access to the world wide web cause it’s true that there are a lot of people who don’t know what the Internet is let alone touched a computer.

    We are a unique kind of species and the Internet is one of our jungles. Let us be amazed and explore it like the safari 🙂

  3. Internet is a thriving source of news and means of communication worldwide. Social networking websites and blogging webpages such as Facebook and Twitter are probably the biggest contributers for this progress, enticing the users while giving them the reason to use the Internet more often.

  4. I don’t know what to say but i think our Computer technology has gone leveled up.
    I’m addicted to technology so i rely to the internet whenever and whatever i want. I socialize with my students too through the internet. But i think the security will be very effective if a fellow hacker will do so to protect.

  5. Internet help students in discovering anything under the sun from science to history to whatever they need to search. Though it also has negative effect for example: the possibility to dump books and magazines; become languid like whenever their teacher ask them to research on something they’ll ask Mr Google then print it without making an effort reading if it is factual or not or they can have an alibi that they need to do homework from the net but the real score was that they will just play DOTA.

    I’m also an internet addict though we should always bear in mind that this technology has its limits it can give false, deceiving or poor quality information

  6. Hello Ate Shecai! The point you raised on the government’s task to moderate the internet among many other pressing issues interested me. 🙂 I think that the issue of internet security is not as grave and as critical as the other problems, climate change and hunger specifically, but nevertheless they ARE real problems that we all face everyday and that’s why the government mustn’t put it aside. I believe that just like in resolving climate change and hunger issues, it should be a collective effort despite personal interests. Corporations, brands, and even individuals must work with the government to make the Internet a safer, more secure place. 🙂

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