Control and Freedom

July 26, 2011

This video is from July’s TED conference in Edinburgh where Rebecca McKinnon discusses the balance between freedom and control on the internet.

Where in the past our sovereignty was controlled by nation states, now our digital lives have become such a large part of our lives in general that much of what we can and can’t do on a daily basis is controlled by the kings of the net. What’s more, the criteria they use to do so appear to be much narrower than those we’re used to in the Western world, particularly in terms of freedom of speech.

She concludes that the internet must evolve in a citizen- centric way and ultimately serve the world’s people, not the other way around.

This one really gets you thinking, and is definitely worth a watch!


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