Over the past 20 years, we denizens of this small, backwater planet in the the far corner of the Milky Way have found in the Internet humanity’s greatest and most precious respite: solace in freely available, universally distributed and globally consumed knowledge – in realtime. It took 600o years (tongue-in-cheek), but that bite from the fruit of the tree of knowledge has been the most successful viral campaign every conceived.
It has allowed mankind to reach further, think longer, and to consider that which was not possible before its inception. The Internet has helped to bring everyone closer, to save lives and to give voice where none could be/was allowed to be heard before. Every aspect of our existence has been influenced by the paradigm changer that is the Internet.
So it is sad to read that China has chosen to use the Internet to continue conducting human rights abuses by censoring and silencing those who, without the Internet, would otherwise not exist to us in any other way. We would not know their plight, their situation, or their story. We would not know the truth.
China is working feverishly to “re-configure the Matrix” because one of their own citizens, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent protest in support of that which the Internet embodies. Liu sits in a Chinese prison cell because he believes in the freedom of choice, the freedom of democracy and the freedom of speech. His crime? He publicly stated that his government should allow the Chinese people to vote.
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