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The internet is both a powerful tool and, increasingly, the subject of a number of issues, a battleground upon which those issues are fought over, and itself the target of verbal and legislative attacks as the enemies of transparency and citizen empowerment seek to prevent it from being used as a tool to further those goals.

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  • Anonymous is an activist group with origins in an internet forum


  • Al Gore did not claim to have invented the internet, although he did play a key role in funding early expansion of the backbone.

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  • More recently, the internet is emerging as a powerful new accountability arena – or, more precisely, as the host for a growing number of accountability arenas, in the form of web sites and other services – whose potential is only slowly being realized as new software is written and as more people become familiar with its use.



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  • 2007-08-15 Internet is "the new Afghanistan": NY police commissioner: New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly says the internet is the next breeding ground for terrorists "because it provides ideology that could radicalize Westerners who might then initiate home-grown attacks".
    • This seems patently ridiculous. Does he have any evidence for this?
    • The only way in which this doesn't seem ridiculous is if you interpret "home-grown attacks" as "domestic dissent".
    • Personally, I've been wondering what has been taking the establishment so long to start squashing free speech on the internet and turning it into another centralized medium like TV, radio, and newspapers. Obviously the internet neutrality battle was one such effort, but it really seemed like they were missing an opportunity to poison the popular perception of the internet early on, before most people were familiar with it. Now here comes this, so maybe they're finally getting out the big guns. If there's more of this, it'll probably be time to start a war on the internet page. -W.
  • 2007-06-08 The internet is destroying the world as we know it by A.N. Wilson, The Daily Mail (UK)