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Fixing the internet

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Science  23 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 871
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw0798

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  • The internet censorship should be fixed

    Jonathan Zittrain wrote an article entitled "Fixing the internet" (1). The term of "fixing the internet" means that who should decide which is the right direction of the internet? Online dominance of the internet by Google, Facebook, and Amazon is based on taking advantage of human natures in order to increase the number of users for achieving their successfully business respectively. There is nothing wrong with the online dominance. The biggest problem of the online dominance lies in filtering or hiding information. In other words, the internet censorship suppressing content on the internet by search engines including Google is the most important problem in our society. Google's algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn (2). Because the online censorship is entirely unregulate d at the moment (2). The internet censorship should be fixed instead of fixing the internet.

    References:
    1. Jonathan Zittrain, Fixing the internet, Science 23 Nov 2018: Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 871
    2. https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-...

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  • RE: Fixing the Internet

    Even if we "break up the Big Boys" we will still need the "lesser" safeguards described in the article, and vice-versa: both need to happen. (And having one's own data fortress with which service providers need to negotiate sounds expensive, making it unavailable to most, and uncommon enough that providers can plausibly simply opt to not provide service to such users without significant revenue loss, i.e., it sounds good on the surface, but upon examination exhibits plenty of weaknesses.)

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  • The internet censorship should be fixed

    Jonathan Zittrain wrote an article entitled “Fixing the internet” (1). The term of “fixing the internet” is based on arrogant thought. Who should decide which is the right direction of the internet and how to fix it? Online dominance of the internet by Google, Facebook, and Amazon is based on taking advantage of human natures in order to increase the number of users for achieving their successfully business respectively. There is nothing wrong with the online dominance. The biggest problem of the online dominance lies in filtering or hiding information. In other words, the internet censorship suppressing content on the internet by search engines including Google is the most important problem in our society. Google's algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn (2). Because the online censorship is entirely unregulated at the moment (2). The internet censorship should be fixed instead of fixing the internet.

    References:
    1. Jonathan Zittrain, Fixing the internet, Science 23 Nov 2018: Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 871
    2. https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-22/google-is-the-worlds-...
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