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Government Licensing First Step Towards Closed Web

Oct 7, 2010

Microsoft has proposed that the government should be allowed to deny individual computers, and thereby individuals, from accessing the Internet.

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The Internet’s easy to access. It only has three components: ISP, computer, web browser. It’s about as complex as getting on a bus.

It likely won’t be this way in the future, especially when it, like every form of communication and transportation in this country, becomes government-regulated. The first step is government licensing on the internet.

In a nutshell, government authorities will have good authority to block computers from accessing the web for preventative measures, such as blocking infected computers from spreading malware to the web.

This comes only a year after the Internet “kill switch” was introduced, which would give the president the emergency power to shut off the Internet. The web is already central to American life, yet the government wields very little control over it. I suppose this is a matter national security.

Whenever the government suggests it gain control of something for preventive measures I want to barf right where I’m standing. The transparency is infuriating and demonstrates cosmic hubris. Look at where preventive warfare got us.

The more I think about “Super Sad True Love Story,” the more depressed I get. What will be the future of Internet access? We will be serialized, like we are when we drive a car or take a plane? Will retina scans accompany hopping online? Nothing would be shocking.

Social media may be a race to the bottom, and blogs may be a recipe for idiocracy, as Nick Denton puts it. But something tells me the government just loves it. Big brother? We wired ourselves.

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