On of the big questions is "should the Internet be free, lawless and without regulations?".
*Grin* That's arguably the number one question out here, isn't it?
To say "yes" means that people in places like the Iraq, Iran, Peoples Republic of China, etc, etc have an oportunity to meet and discus things that the ruling class in their own country don't want them talking about or hearing.
It also means that people can use the internet for questionable purposes ( as Commienst has pointed out ).
To say "no" effectively ends the internet as a forum for the free exchange of ideas, since in many parts of the world, an honest opinion can land you in serious trouble with the authorities.
...and should be treated as an entity of it's own, with it's own 'laws & regulations'.
In many ways that makes more sense. However, it's unlikely to be acceptable to many people ( especially the rulers of many nation states ). Likewise, it's unlikely to be acceptable to many vigilante groups, who seem to be incapable of understanding that values and laws vary considerably from one place to another in the world.
Whatever the solution to these problems are, I don't think that we can allow it to be imposed on us by a government ( any government ) or by corporate interests.
Whatever the solutions are, I think that they must be discovered and implemented by us - the people who actually use this medium. For this to happen, the education of the public is arguably the first step and at this point in time, it looks like that is going to be a very long and tedious job. Never the less, it looks like were stuck with it. ;)
You might be strangling my chicken, but you don't want to know what I'm doing to your hampster.
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