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Concept.png Internet 
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Interest of• Epik
• Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
• Microsoft
The global system of interconnected computer networks.

The Internet is the global network of computers through which you are able to read this. It emerged from the research by DARPA. It experienced rapid growth in the 1990s, as its userbase broadened out beyond large commerical, military and academic institutions. This boom continued in the 21st century as domestic use increased.


Full article: Internet history

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


Full article: Internet culture

The Internet has its own distinctive culture; which has emerged in the 21st Century.


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: Rated 4/5 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]



Page nameDescription
"Digital identity"information used by computer systems to represent a person or group.
Big Tech
Internet historyA history that is being erased; the history of the internet and technology.
Section 230Federal regulations mainly affecting Big Tech.


Related Quotations

John Perry Barlow“The entity I envision would be small, highly networked, and generally visible. It would be open to information from all available sources and would classify only information that arrived classified. It would rely heavily on the Internet, public media, the academic press, and an informal worldwide network of volunteers--a kind of global Neighborhood Watch--that would submit on-the-ground reports.

It would use off-the-shelf technology, and use it less for gathering data than for collating and communicating them. Being off-the-shelf, it could deploy tools while they were still state-of-the-art.

I imagine this entity staffed initially with librarians, journalists, linguists, scientists, technologists, philosophers, sociologists, cultural historians, theologians, economists, philosophers, and artists-a lot like the original CIA, the OSS, under "Wild Bill" Donovan. Its budget would be under the direct authority of the President, acting through the National Security Adviser. Congressional oversight would reside in the committees on science and technology (and not under the congressional Joint Committee on Intelligence).”
John Perry Barlow2002
Michael Gunner“The BS that’s flying around on the internet about the territory is coming from flogs outside the territory – mostly America, Canada and the UK,” Mr Gunner told a media conference on Thursday. People who have nothing better to do than make up lies about us because their own lives are so small and so sad. If anybody thinks we’re going to be distracted by tin foil hat-wearing tossers sitting in their parents’ basement in Florida – then you do not know us Territorians”Michael Gunner25 November 2021
National Security Agency“I worked with the National Security Agency on the design of a secured version of the internet but we used classified security technology at the time and I couldn't share that with my colleagues. If I could start over again I would have introduced a lot more strong authentication and cryptography into the system.”Vint Cerf7 April 2014
Quotation“The problem with internet quotes is that you cant [sic.] always depend on their accuracy”Abraham Lincoln1864
South Korea“Korea, on the surface, seems like a very rich and glamorous country now, with K-pop, high-speed internet and IT technology. But the relative wealth between rich and poor is widening. The younger generation, in particular, feels a lot of despair.”Bong Joon-Ho2020



COVID-19/Vaccine/MandationVaccine/Mandation during COVID-19 was intense, with governments stopping short of using violent to inject people against there will, but many not far short.
International Festival of Whistleblowing Dissent and AccountabilityWhistleblowing event held in 2021.



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  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