The Fight for Internet: Let the battle begin!


Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried by various establishments throughout the world. They force people to get involved in the kind of examination that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.

Pete Seeger

When the internet was introduced, we were all promised a level playing field which not only triggered information and digital revolution but also revolutions against oppressive regimes around the world, our voice only grew louder with everyone Jumping into the bandwagon to be part of this huge experimentation, to create a global community that would allow one to develop, cherish connections, be an entrepreneur, be an activist, have a voice and freedom of thought.
But, now that the results have come out and experiments have reached their conclusion part, its time for us to get back to our routine and follow orders, Immerse ourselves in unreal reality shows, read and watch opinions thrown at us. (At least that’s what we are doing now)
The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to be held in Dubai this December will be attended by 193 countries meeting to decide on the fate of internet which none of the media houses consider worth giving coverage. From hereon we will be mute spectators, Diverted from the main battlefield that would be fought between oppressive countries, corporate owned countries, anonymous and civil society activists. Perhaps its the disinterest of a majority of people that provides support to improper governance and corruption and its interesting to watch how different governments frame each sentence in their proposals which promise no harm to liberty and freedom of its own citizens and yet shamelessly hang and suffocate freedom of speech in the real and digital medium. (P.S: Even if you “Like” it you will be put in Jail)
My question is “If people own the internet, Why are the serving governments fighting to gain control over the internet?”
Government actions across the world raises more concerns,
  • Do they really want us to speak or restrict ourselves from making any comments?
  • Are our freedoms restricted within the framed rules?
  • Is freedom all about hearing and watching what is thrown at us? and
  • Do governments serve people or people elect the government to serve them?
Back in the battlefield, while the corporate owned country want its corporate to thrive and retain power in the pretext of freedom to people, the oppressive regimes (not surprisingly, includes Russia, China, Brazil, India, Iran and plenty more) are lobbying for region specific restrictions on the internet. Though their ways are different, their motive is to bring an order to the chaotic internet space that’s ever-expanding and connecting people at a rapid pace, unimaginable.
What if the chaotic crowd in the internet realize that governments across the world do the same with different country names?  What if they realize their borders are only to divide and rule? and What if they protest at the same time across the world? This can be facilitated only by the people owned Internet medium and not by corporate owned media houses and hence it becomes necessary to put an end to the chaotic mob when it is distracted by celebrity gossips and trivial issues.
So will the governments gain control over the boundary less crowd ? or will there be  a common ground to work on?
All depends on the active participation of the real stake holders, the 2.45 billion people who use the internet to connect but if the participating governments prefer to neglect the billion stakeholders, Revolution is the only option.

Power to the People.

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