Internet Regulation

Regulating what we say

When we are on Twitter, we think it is a different world. But, we don’t realise that it is part of the real world. People today identify us through our Instagram or Twitter handles. In today’s world which is a mix of the physical and the virtual, our actions online can/do have consequences offline.

Big Tech and the abuse of power

Technology giants like Google, Facebook and others are hungry for hyper-personalisation today. And, to get there, this is how they trap a consumer. The cycle goes like this: Free online products exist → people use them, and produce data for those products → Makers of the products use that data however they want to — To improve the product; to make money through ads; to analyse/predict what a consumer will do before they even know it for themselves.

Free Speech, Transparency & Illusion of Privacy

But wait…if you just look through Facebook’s business model, it relies on the invasion of privacy and not the other way round. It first entices its users to be brutally honest and calls it “radical transparency”, ensuring that they share their personal information. Later, under the garb of insights and hyper-personalisation, they target them with ads and keep them engaged.

Increasing Political Control & Surveillance

It is an undeniable fact that the Internet has been revolutionary. It has fuelled economic growth, created millions of jobs, and allowed human progress through its adoption around the globe. But, it would be foolish to say that the choice of Internet regulation today is not a political issue. And, it shapes economic choices and market structure in ways we cannot imagine.

Do we really know how to regulate the Internet?

However, if one considers regulation from a user perspective, it is always a conflict between privacy and freedom of expression. And, that is where consumers need clarification. For example: Why is the user not informed that a site is blocked? What procedure should the government or a country or a state use to clarify the situation? Who will be responsible if a site without illegal content gets blocked?

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Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta

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