Is the world ready to freedom of information throught the intenet?

Indonesia
September 4, 2011 8:24am CST
I think that the internet has begun to influence directly into the real life. Almost in all facets of life today, the internet became a factor that can not be ignore. We can see from Wikileaks which i think really rocked the political life of the world throught data secret, untul Facebook which able to mobilize the masses to make changes in a country like Egypt for example. In my own country, Indonesia, there are at least three television station that one of the materials clearly show the material downloaded from Youtube. So strong was its influece, to the extent that a case of mass media television that were previously regarded as teh most massive media, already suprassed by the internet. Our qiestion is, whether the world life really be able to receive the freedom of information throught the internet? Ready or not, we must believe that the internet will not adversely affect the human side of us. How do you think?
10 responses
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
The internet makes the world smaller and smaller in everyday of its existance. We don't have to be worried about this, humans can always adapt and since technology is further advancing to a state where the world is in the palm of one's hand, we should be ready to shoulder a lot of responsibilities. Since the communication and entertainment line is open to almost all of us, what we should think about is how we can use this to better ourselves and the people around us. The influence that the internet has can be a tool for good or evil, it is up to the users of the internet on how to approach this matter.
@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
5 Sep 11
Like every other thing in the world, Internet has positive and negative aspects as well. We are the ones who decide how much influence we let Internet and virtual life to have on us. What you said about Wikileaks and Facebook is correct, I agree with it. As for the freedom of information, I guess we can get the information we need, but we must select what and how to use it. It is not necessary to be shocked whenever we hear some bad news, just acknowledge it that these things happen and deposit them in our mind. I hope it is clear what I am trying to say here.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
5 Sep 11
I think a lot of us forget, that we as humans create the information simply through living. Our actions are what create news. If we didn't do anything then there would be no media, no information or anything of that nature. So the question isn't is the world ready for it, but are we as people able to handle what in a sense we dish out? If you think about it. The internet connects through the world. Therefore information is spread much faster because in a sense the world, which seemed so vast, is actually a lot smaller with various forms of media sending and receiving information. The internet acting as one method to do this. So in reality we must look at the human race in general. And, as such... that's an answer we may not quite be able to answer.
@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
5 Sep 11
The internet is without a doubt part of everyday life as we know it today. In some ways the internet enhances our life while some other ways it removes the human elements. I believe that it is a give and take. Like anything else that emerges in this life, we as humans adapt to whatever it is.
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Ready or not ready, information on the internet is now very accessible. We live in a world with diverse culture. Even though the world is not yet ready, it was provoked to mature to have freedom of information which is freely given from the internet.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
4 Sep 11
With the arrival of internet, itself is no guarantee on the freedom of information for the world population, it is bacause in many totalitarian countries and oppressive religious society, the government still hold great power to filter and re-filter all the information in the internet traffic with their great fire wall. Of course the world is ready for the freedom of information to empower medival and primitive human mind, but in reality, it is just impossible for such modern invention like internet that can empower the advancement of universal human rights protection in the form of 'freedom of information' can be readily accepted by all government and regime around the world, afraiding a well informed populace will diminsh their political influence and threaten their perpetual grip on power.
@vittos (121)
• Bulgaria
4 Sep 11
The information in the global network is...well global and it's a fact that the only way to stop this is to cut all sorts of global communications, which I think is not possible anymore. As much as it brings good, I think the negative site of today's global information wave is bigger. Also I think, there are two sites of this story. Many TV networks show what some particular organisations want you to see, while some don't. It's pretty easy to manipulate these days, because you have almost unlimited sources to popularize what you want to say. The power of internet is ten times stronger than than any other global information source. Today you can use the web from everywhere anytime 24/7, everyone knows that even a 5-year-old can access the web. There is no limit to the information you can publish or read. You can propagandize, try to open the eyes of the people that are mislead. Even now, reading this could be a sort of manipulation. You wrote three powerful sources in your post: Wikileaks, Facebook, Youtube. Even only those three, are enough to create a whole new world and to destroy the existing one. So the conclusion is, you can close your eyes for the world around you, or you can be an open-minded person, think realistically and take the best of the global network in general.
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
4 Sep 11
Internet is hugely influencing our life, that is very true. But to talk about "is world ready for freedom of information?" Then I guess the answer is "No, they aren't ready yet" Take an example: China and North Korea. These countries are still limiting the access of internet. They are blocking several websites, arresting every civilian that post something provocative on internet, and so. Well, the information can be spreading easily and fast though via internet. But still, the world isn't ready yet with the total freedom of information. And I guess, no one can be ready with the total freedom of information. Take another example: USA. See what are they going to do with WikiLeaks founder. If they are really believe with "freedom of information", then they wouldn't want to arrest him. So, I think, not all information can be leaked. And again, no one can be ready with the freedom of information. And I am disagree with "internet will not adversely affect the human side of us". Internet is a tool. We can use it for good thing, and also for a bad thing. And when we are doing bad thing via internet, then it will adversely affect the human side of us. Cheers
@hafiz008 (450)
• India
4 Sep 11
Internet has influenced the human being. In major field internet are important to reduce their work load. We can get variety of information irrespective of subject in internet. I think we have the freedom of information in internet. Today the use of library is reduced because of internet. We cant trust the most of the information that in internet because it are not authenticated but library do. Every field has to update the information or their activity and they get updated information only in internet.
@shivanisd (388)
• India
4 Sep 11
i think the internet is serving to bring us closer.