No, it is not the title of a Hitchock movie. Not a new pop song either. I am talking here about one of those fears of mine, an anxiety that was not with me while I was growing up. As a child, my fears would resume in ghosts and leprechauns. But now, as an adult, I worry about losing something that I am so used to and that, by the way, I am totally in love with. The fear of losing a tool, an instrument, a communication channel.
I am afraid of the corporitazion of the internet.
When I think back to the 80’s and early 90’s, I imagine an internet which was a subversive space where the normal expectations, rules and regulations of society did not need apply. I look around me and I see the privatization of the online experience (the experience, not the access – the access has been private for a longer time) and the commodization of features which were fundamental and free a couple of years ago.
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I like to be really optimistic and assume that huge progressive world-wide movements in this decade will successfully fight for net neutrality and the right for every person in the world to have access to the Internet. Having overcome that battle, the next challenge would be to promote the right for everyone to be read and heard over the Internet despite all language barriers and, thus, also enforce the technological mechanisms that allow that to happen.
I believe that “being able to choose one’s identity” is a right in the digital age.
This right relates to the idea that the internet can act as a window into worlds we could not have otherwise accessed. Many factors influence one’s identity, I like to think of identity as a complex system, the emergent property is the feeling of a unified experience of being “me”, yet the multiple variables are my culture, language, life experiences and so on. The internet allows us to play around with some of those variables in interesting ways.
Hackers? sounds like a bad term nowadays thanks to hollywood movies and the computer criminal myth, in general culture hackers are people who can get into your computer, steal information, get your bank acounts put you viruses and more evil stuff.
I believe that sharing should be a right in the digital age because as human beings, we are entitled to share. We like to share our opinions, our work, to share questions and even complaints. It is a natural response, an impulse, you may think. This kind of exchange endorses our communication process. The digital age multiplies our possibilities of sharing with others; internet is certainly a good tool for this purpose.