We'll Get the Internet We Deserve

If we exercise our power as users, as consumers, as investors and voters we can make a difference.

There is an old adage that says in a democracy you get the government you deserve. If you’re not making any effort to get involved, don’t be surprised when the people who are most active shape the government to their liking. It’s the same thing with the Internet.  

We’re going to get the Internet we deserve and those people who are the most active in shaping the Internet to their liking are going to win out. And so the good news is though is that there are a lot of us on the Internet who use it every day and if we get active, if we get involved, if we exercise our power as users, as consumers, as investors and voters we can make a difference.

We’ve seen how people have made a difference on how companies treat the environment, on how companies treat their users, as consumers, as voters, as investors there is you know.

Companies are not perfect, but companies are doing a much better job in terms of their environmental and labor practices now than they were 50 years ago and that is completely the result of a broad global movement of consumers, investors, voters, citizens paying attention and caring and making decisions, buying, purchasing decisions, voting decisions, all kinds of personal decisions based on their values and it does make a difference and so similarly as netizens, as citizens of the internet we can make a difference, but we have to pay attention.  We actually have to make choices that reflect our values and that reflect the kind of Internet and the kind of world that we ultimately want to have. 

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