Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Unrestricted Internet freedom fading fast.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

In its first 10 years or so, the Internet was a monument to unrestricted freedom. It was open to everyone the old and the young, the rich and the poor, businesses large and small, those with something to say and those who didn't.

Last year probably marked freedom's high tide and the gathering of a wave that will destroy much of the liberty associated with the World Wide Web.

Two forces are at work. One consists of nations that for various reasons resist free transfer of knowledge. The other consists of businesses who want to profit by controlling it.

Originally, scientists and academics created the Internet to be beyond damage. Since information moves in tiny packets and on many paths, the system as a whole works around impediments, be these broken-down equipment or outright censorship.

NAZI SOUVENIRS: Rather than work on the Internet, itself, many who want to control it resort to other means, some for the highest of moral purposes. …

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