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Concept.png Internet 
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The global system of interconnected computer networks.


Emerged from a cold war effort to build a communications system that was decentralised, so it could survive a nuclear war.


WhoWhatWhy reports that internet 'gatekeeping' is a common phenomenon in Facebook, as editors reported regular manual intervention to add or remove particular news stories from the 'trending' news feed.[1]


Full article: Internet/Censorship

Compared to traditional commercially-controlled media such as newspapers and TV, the internet has negligible barriers to entry, allowing universal output as well as merely input of ideas. This, together with the ease of sharing and recording information, has dramatically increased the difficulty of censorship. Nevertheless, aggressive censorship continues.

Mass Surveillance

Full article: Internet/Surveillance

Intelligence agencies, and the NSA in particular, monitor an immense amount of internet traffic, as revealed by whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake. In 2017 the NSA and FBI issued a 10 page official narrative on their mass surveillance which The Register remarked had "obvious and painful contradictions" and "even claims that it is surveilling US citizens for their own protection while at the same time claiming that it is not doing so."[4]


Related Quotation

Quotation“The problem with internet quotes is that you cant [sic.] always depend on their accuracy”Abraham Lincoln1864


  2. OpenNet Initiative "Summarized global Internet filtering data spreadsheet", 8 November 2011 and "Country Profiles", the OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group, Ottawa
  3. Internet Enemies, Reporters Without Borders (Paris), 12 March 2012