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Net Neutrality
Written by Julie Metni, November 26, 2008

Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet (1). Do you agree with this principle?

Unless you have children at home [I have a seven-year-old sister] who use the net for games and such, you probably will want exclusive access to what ever is on the web. There are exceptions, though. Sometimes, not being able to access websites is a good thing. Not in terms of ISP’s blocking out and filtering what you have access too, but other things. There already is a limit for how much you see. If you are under eighteen years of age, there’s no way you are accessing porn, which is good for little kids like my sister who ply around on Neopets and Webkinz websites. There is no way in hell I would want her seeing any of that jargon.

Before, I mentioned something about ISP’s. The video below will give you more insight as to what I mean.

 

What did you take from this video? Do you think that it is right for companies to decide what you see and don’t see? This reminds me of Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. Lessig’s book is “about an effect of the Internet beyond the Internet itself: an effect upon how culture is made” (page 7)(2). Is our culture being made by what the people with money decide to make it? Do we have any say in it at all???

 

(1) http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html

(2) Lessig, Lawrence. (2005). Free Culture; The Nature and Future of Creativity. Penguin Group: Toronto.