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Pavel Grata


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Pavel Grata


Human rights are universal and indivisible. However, it turns out that with the development of the worldwide network, there is progressively less freedom.
There are frequent instances of regulatory interference where the right to Internet access, net neutrality, privacy, freedom of expression, spreading of information, education or even the right to be forgotten is violated.

There is such a trend. Why?

Admittedly, there are many countries on the map with an inertial scenario, and if you look at Cuba, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Brazil, China, Iran, Russia, Belarus, they have one thing in common. The manipulations of the state apparatus in each example boil down to one formula: what cannot controlled, shall be banned.
As we remember, there have been precedents — people simply learned to read between the lines, see between the letters and speak in a language understandable only to each other.

What awaits humanity?

Freedom of speech cannot be stopped. The only option is the north Korean way, where people have computers (provided they are) used as televisions, because instead of the Internet they have completely stunted and wretched Intranet. In other strategies, the policy will resemble a fight against windmills, which will only lead to a greater rise in interest in the Darknet and more sophisticated ways of transmitting data. Usurpatory approaches cannot be attractive alternatives for civilized countries. Any shouting and prohibitions signal problems in power. This is the usual hysteria, behind which there is pain.
Nevertheless, do not forget that in addition to rights there are also duties. Provoking discrimination, hatred and violence is unacceptable. I would redirect these efforts in a different direction and teach children from school to respect the rights of others, which is much more useful and effective than destroying cyberspace.
As for the more pressing issues (child pornography, copyright, suicide, sovereignty, etc.), activists, IT professionals, technology companies and governments on an international scale simply must work together to find real sustainable solutions to these complex issues. Without normal dialogue, we must not do, and we must start with the monopoly of ICANN, which is unacceptable today.

What should those who live in countries with repressive regimes do?

Focus only on yourself, analyze and understand why some resolutions are adopted and others are not. Train your critical thinking, compare sources and, of course, if possible, participate in the formation of civil society. To circumvent censorship, confuse digital footprints, and remain anonymous, use DEEPRISM or other VPN’s you trust.
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