Terrence J Kosick on Mon, 19 Jun 2000 15:43:03 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> The role of government in the development of the Internet

Terrence writes;

The government can play a role of keeping its own and not allowing corporations and
intrusive kinds of market forces dictate the development of the net. Government
control could wisely extend to the net as far as it can control corporate
intrusion. The industry, politics, legislators and copyright associations are
beginning to extend their monopolies to maintain control on the internet inflicting
their wills on the free use of this communication space.

It is the use of unfair powers that are the dark part of the net and is a threat to
the many thousands of people and small businesses whose indefensible minds and
voices are reaching out while they are being drowned out by the din of intruding
corporate market forces. The social and economic impowerment of the independent
peoples are cultured by this communication environment. If anything we need to be
protected by the stripmining corporations who's greedy intent have little regard
for individual freedoms and treat the presence of people on the internet like datum
to be captured like fish in their marketing nets.

This is a decidedly universally democratic place that like any uncharted legal
landmass should be left to govern itself, that will, like the people who use it,
flourish without the antagonisms and selfseving wills of the few whose greater
access to power threaten to trample the voices of the free. If any government is to
represent its people then it will legislate limits on corporations whose size and
access to legal powers can affect the virtual rights and freedoms of netizens whose
minds know no borders and should not respond to the flagrant use of power of any
corporation, any goverment or any body of law.

terrence kosick


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