Jennifer Granick: Dream of free and open Internet is dying
During the course of a keynote address at the annual Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jennifer Granick - director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society – said that the dream of a free and open Internet is dying.
Asserting that the Internet is comparatively a much less revolutionary place than what it was two decades back, Granick – who is a leading computer crime defense lawyer – said that overregulation, censorship and ineffective laws are gradually killing the dream of a free and open Internet.
Granick said that though it is essential that the Internet is a reasonably safe so that it can be functional, it is also evident that the dream of open Internet is withering away because its protection is not being prioritized.
In addition, Granick also drew attention to the fact that new Internet users are coming from countries in which citizens are not protected by a Bill of Rights or a First Amendment.
Highlighting the ongoing centralization of the Internet supposedly for the sake of security and convenience, Granick also said that the free, open, and decentralized Internet is slowly becoming controlled, closed, and centralized. Granick added that if such a scenario continues, “We need to be ready to smash it (the Internet) apart and make something new and better.”
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