My bio mentions I’m an advocate for an open Internet and the protection of personal info & privacy. Why bother including this in my identity online and as a writer?
From a selfish perspective as a content creator, it’s much better news for me if there’s an open Internet that gives its users fair access to roam its splendorous plains and access as much content as the eye can see (or as much as your mobile app for visually impaired Internet users can read), because you’re much more likely to find and use my content.
But from a civic standpoint, we can better our society and the quality of life with the Internet’s capabilities. To be pro-open-Internet is to believe that everybody who wants access to the Internet should have it, and all available content should be available to be fairly accessed. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to see what we can do with the Internet uninhibited, unrestricted, uncensored. With this endeavor, we can see free access to information, education and classes in every subject imaginable. We can enrich our lives and stretch our limbs, or we can curl up with the coziest, funniest pages online and chuckle to ourselves over memes and viral videos. The choice is ours when the Internet is ours.
So why should you get involved in the conversation? Think about how you’d answer questions like:
- How do privacy and convenience interact online?
- How can the Internet change our education?
- Does certain content on the Internet deserve/warrant censorship?
- Should some people be able to pay for better quality Internet/access?
- How much authority should the government have over monitoring Internet and library activity?
- How can as much information as possible be free and creators still receive compensation for their work?
As you can see, we’re only just starting to recognize the real potential the Internet can offer, as well as the consequences that come with it. To get more informed, these are the resources, authorities, experts and technology that are shaping our age of information, and are worth checking out.
American Civil Liberties Union
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Federal Communications Commission
The Library and Information Technology Association
And for the most up-to-date opinions, news and discussions, I recommend browsing my broadly categorized “Internet” list on Twitter.