By Ricky Cortez
I recently read an article published on Foreign Policy magazine’s website about how the Internet would bring freedom and peace to an entirely new level globally. However, what Evgeny Morozov argues in the article is that it only creates a microcosm of our ethnocentric communities at large. Globally we are fighting for the right of a censorship free Internet. We have seen censorship as a reoccurring theme from the advent of print, to our televised media and now in the culmination of all digital media on the Internet.
Yes, many people with similar goals of peace have found each other but so have the destroyers of peace and human rights. Activists on both sides of the coin have found groups that would support their ideas, albeit good or bad. There is a saying: “It only takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch.” It seems these bad apples are finding themselves on the Internet. Where once they may have been far and few between, the Internet has brought them together to create greater negative effects than could have been possible before.
The World Wide Web has shown us the horrors that are out there. Though I do not think it is necessarily a bad thing. Knowledge is power and now we see how much farther we have to go to achieve a peaceful world we all can live in.
I encourage you to read the article on Foreign Policy’s website.
In my web browsing and cyber-peace fighting experience I have seen a greater shift for good with the advent of Facebook Causes, for example. There are still ways for destroyers of peace to find a place on the Internet, but they are also counterbalanced by peacekeepers as they are in the physical world. Sometimes it becomes a series of two steps forward then one step back but, in the end, I believe we have the ability to spread cyber-peace. That is, only if our great nations allow us this freedom.
Ricky Cortez is the IT Coordinator at WITNESS.