Monday, September 12, 2011

The war over the web

Corruption hates exposure. Power prefers to go unchallenged. The Internet has become one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of truth tellers, truth seekers and whistleblowers. Print publications are losing money and shifting their content from print to digital. The Internet has become the new battleground where the government, the mainstream media and big businesses fight to re-establish their dominance. They jointly strive to control the online content and its sharing, location and usage tracking and as well as Internet commerce. To put it simply, the government wants to contain its critics, the mainstream media wants to knock out the alternatives and big enterprises would like to suffocate small online businesses. Lobbying the legislature is an expensive luxury that is infinitely more accessible to the rich and powerful. Money begets more money and power shares nothing without demand.
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