If the children can be difficult to handle, how do we monitor them when they get older? Can we monitor their online activity, be it on their laptops or smart phones? They may cite their right to privacy which may be healthy and normal. They may see in Internet, a safe “virtual” environment for exploring a little freedom. What however is needed, is to discuss the online experiences, the dangers of interacting with strangers online and reminding them that people online don’t always tell the truth. Taking an active role in their Internet activities helps them without being exposed to the potential dangers.
In the present context it is clear there must be a separation of the government and cyberspace. We have already seen what can happen when the government is granted general power over the internet. We have already made the mistake. But given the relative youth of the internet, there is still time for us to undo this error — it is not yet entrenched.
As the internet becomes an ever-greater part of everyone’s daily lives, it is crucial that we secure internet freedom for centuries to come. That means less government involvement in general, and no “free data” in particular.
In Manhattan, NYC Mesh put a large antenna on top of a building connected directly to the internet through fiber optic cable. This “supernode,” supported by a network of point-to-point routers that volunteers install on rooftops and windows in the area, provides a fast connection for users in most of downtown. A second supernode is in place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, and two more are planned.
A new report published by the upper house of UK parliament—the House of Lords—has called for Internet access to be reclassified as a public utility. Further, the report says that the UK is falling behind other countries when it comes to both high-speed Internet access (i.e., new fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node deployments) and universal Internet access—two factors that could significantly affect the UK’s ability to compete in the still-rapidly-growing international digital economy.