From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages
Date Written: 24/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21765
In autocratic regimes such as China, leaders regularly censor content that threatens their rule, but in the 'democratic' West it is being done differently; the state does not have to interfere directly but rather outsources the dirty work to corporations.
As soon as next month, the net could become the exclusive plaything of the biggest such corporations, determined to squeeze as much profit as possible out of bandwith. Meanwhile, the tools to help us engage in critical thinking, dissent and social mobilisation will be taken away as "net neutrality" becomes a historical footnote, a teething phase, in the "maturing" of the internet.
In December the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal already compromised regulations that are in place to maintain a semblance of "net neutrality". Its chairman, Ajit Pai, and the corporations that are internet service providers want to sweep away these rules, just like the banking sector got rid of financial regulations so it could inflate our economies into giant ponzi schemes.