March 1

Inventing the Future

Thursday’s Big Idea

The Politics of the Internet

Who will determine the future of the internet?

As a society, we're still trying to grapple with the political implications: for example, is internet access a human right? Who should regulate it, and how? Is the Internet inherently democratic? And is it "left" or "right"? Big Think contributor Peter Saalfield scrutinizes Karl Rove's claim that the internet is making people more libertarian. True, Silicon Valley is one of the key sources of funding for the libertarian party, he says, but the Internet is not an ideology, it's a tool, and to get lost in an argument over whether the Internet has a partisan bias is to miss the point. "The potential of digital technology is to give people of all points of view a platform for their views"--a platform, and a community.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales argues that as online censorship becomes increasingly sophisticated, it continues to limit the possibilities for people, governments, and economies. Dominic Basulto objects to the very idea that the internet is lawless terrain in need of government control.

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  2. 2 Is the Internet Making Us More Li...
  3. 3 Why the "Civilized Internet" is U...
  4. 4 Jimmy Wales on Smart Censorship
   
  1. On Facebook, No Nipples Allowed. (But Crushed Limbs are OK.)

    On Facebook, No Nipples Allowed. (But Crushed Limbs are OK.)

    What’s more offensive than crushed heads and mangled limbs? Exposed female nipples, according to Facebook’s criteria for deleting user content, published for the first time on Gawker two weeks ago.

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  2. Is the Internet Making Us More Libertarian?

    Is the Internet Making Us More Libertarian?

    What’s the big idea? During an interview with the New Yorker in 2007, Karl Rove argued that ...

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  3. Why the "Civilized Internet" is Uncivilized

    Why the "Civilized Internet" is Uncivilized

    Ahead of the formal G8 summit this week in northern France, the world's technology visionaries are ...

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  4. Jimmy Wales on Smart Censorship

    Jimmy Wales on Smart Censorship

    Keywords, keywords, keywords.

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