Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Money, freedom and the web


Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

Nelson Mandela is one of the person who made of his life a living manifesto for human rights. He spent most of his life in jail and was eventually released after the South African government decided to change its policy about racial issues.

This quote of his is to me a warning that is becoming more and more important to Web and the Blogosphere.

We do all remember when Internet was a land of total freedom: freedom to surf, to write, to share, to discuss, to meet.
Lately, with big money around, everyday there is a sign that this freedom in endangered.
And politics play its role, too.
Think about YouTube, since it has become GooTube and Napster, long time ago.

And yesterday, two news:

  1. the European Community published a recommendation to all its members to keep traffic data for security reasons. Now, this security issue is the perfect reason for any government to give a look into our stuff, any kind of stuff;
  2. a new content recognition software able to identify stuff copyrighted even if mashed.
I do not blame the commercial side of the Web, nor the advertising world which feed me. But there are too many grey area around which provide good reason to limit the freedom of the Web users.

Do you feel the same as me?
Or I'm a bit paranoic?


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2 comments:

Lewis Green said...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that Big Brother isn't watching. In all my six decades, never have I lived in a scarier time. We in America, and perhaps you in Europe, seem willing to give government free reign to watch and listen to us in the name of security. This must stop!

gianandrea said...

Lewis, sorry being late in answering to your comment. This is the feeling: we are running out of our privacy.