This is a really important topic for everyone that loves technology, everyone who wants to work with technology, and everyone who wants to invent/develop things that work with technology. I don’t know how to emphasize this any greater. It’s really important. And I hate politics, but this is something that everyone should be looking at closely.
Allowing company’s – ISPs – the ability to censor what is affordable and what is not – is a big step in losing another major freedom in our lives and it will only hurt the poor and startup/small business owners. It could also open doors for businesses with political or religious agendas to censor what they think is fit for their customers to see. This is no joke. I have had personal experience with emails being censored by an ISP company because they did like an email with a swear word in it. (I have a friend who swears a lot in his emails – and his messages were being held back because of an outsider’s opinion of what is right and wrong.) It should be up to me to decide if my friend should not swear in emails to me and not some company that is supposed to be providing Internet and cable service.
I came across this article on the BBC that I wanted to share. They write so well and explain the situation much better than I can. Please read this and be aware of how your technological rights may be decided by strangers who may not like you or think the same way you do.
G. Winkler (c) 2014
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