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January 28, 2011

The Power in Controlling the Internet

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."  ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

Yesterday, we discussed the Trends Research Institute's Director Gerald Celente's predictions for 2011.  One of Mr. Celente's predictions was that, "[The Internet is] exposing the corruptness, the ineptitude and the double dealing going on that [governments] don't want the public to know about." As he told Russia Today, "the more freedom of information that goes out, they're going to start using cyber war and the war on terror to take that Internet freedom away from America" [emphasis added]. 

Today, with the protests in Egypt escalating, reports are emerging that Internet has gone down in Cairo and throughout Egypt, only hours before the largest planned protests yet.  There are also reports that cellular telephone service is obstructed in areas of Egypt.  This supports Mr. Celente's above stated prediction and is further proof that authorities and governments are attempting to gain control over the Internet in order to subdue the organizing abilities of the discontent masses.   
FugginSuggin.com has voiced its concern over the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) on numerous occasions.  We believe that Internet should be free and open.   By allowing governments or authorities to manage the Internet, we give them control over communication, information and organization abilities.  We, as a world people, must fight to keep the Internet open and free, no matter what. 

The U.S. government has used piracy concerns, as well as the Wikileaks disclosures, to propagate fear and support for a belief that Internet control is necessary.  The capabilities of the Internet to provide information and allow mass communication of free thoughts and ideas is an empowerment to the masses that controlling governments and organizations fear, and rightfully so.  We no longer have a free press to provide objective reporting to the people, but we have something far stronger, an open forum where we can communicate openly and freely and share with those that previously had no access to the information one can obtain online.

As the global economy continues its decline into a world depression, we will inevitably see authoritative forces attempting to implement austerity measures that will greatly effect the existence of those of lesser financial means.  Regardless of the disparity in the distribution of resources and the fact that the small percentage of wealthy individuals and corporations control the majority of necessary supplies, those with ample means will not be affected by austerity measures administered by governments, as these governments are controlled and supported by the wealthy.  Our world is governe as a plutocracy, and it will be the average citizen, the majority, that will be left to unify for the greater good of their fellow man.  A free Internet will be the primary tool for our organization and weapon against the controlling minority.   
 Mr. Celente is known for his accurate predictions.  We, as a people, must assure that we do not allow our freedoms to be taken from us.  We cannot depend on our governments to protect us, as they do not have our best interests at heart.  Whoever controls the Internet controls the masses, so it is our duty to protect ourselves by protecting an open and free Internet.     

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."  ~John F. Kennedy