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How does the Internet give you a voice?

Internet Freedom Day, January 18th, that's a big deal.

Folks, I want to know: how does the Internet give you a voice?  I'm collecting answers about how the Internet gives people a voice that I will share on Internet Freedom Day next January 18th.

Here’s the deal:

  • Write about how the Internet gives you a voice. You can either write a post on your blog explaining how the Internet gives you a voice or send me a blurb (300 words of less) at socialgood@craigconnects.org.
  • Send a link to your post by email to socialgood@craigconnects.org by January 17th. Make sure you to include your full name, organization, your blog’s name and the blog post url if you decide to write a blog post for this.
  •  I will be doing a big wrap up post highlighting folks' reflections on January 18th, Internet Freedom Day.
  • Tag your post Internet Freedom, and feel free to link back to this open call to encourage others in the community to share their story about how the Internet gives them a voice.

We’ll sort through submissions and share some of the best ideas in a blog post on Internet Freedom Day on January 18th. We’ll also tweet some ideas, echoing just how important the Net is.

We take things for granted, like the vitality and freedom offered by the Internet. The Net potentially gives everyone a voice. However, it's not available to everyone, and that freedom must be asserted and sometimes fought for to keep it.

Internet Freedom Day reminds us that we all need to work together to preserve what we have and to help everyone realize their own individual voice. It's something which we assert frequently, not just one day, but it's one way to remind ourselves that what we take for granted can be lost.

To give a voice to voiceless, my team and I work to get serious network connectivity where it's a challenge. Specifically, we work with Inveneo.org, a team which is really good at getting the Internet in difficult circumstances. For example, we've supported them in Haiti, the West Bank, and Kenya.

To help protect what we have in the US, we help preserve one of the laws which preserve freedom of speech. That's section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Now and then, bad politicians attack it, but it's a strong protection against those who would suppress stuff that they just don't like. It's being able to voice stuff like this that let's me know the Internet really does give me a voice. We've worked with the Electronic Freedom Foundation to better explain CDA 230, so please check out this infographic:

And remember to tell us how the internet gives you a voice!

7 Responses »

7 Responses to How does the Internet give you a voice?

Alain Piche says:

I don't publish a lot but I read and listen a lot like many. More the individuals will express themselves, more it gives us the real picture of humanity. More infos that allows us to react, prevent and innovate for the common good of everyone.

I totally agree with this idea and like many, I will forward this article to my contacts.

Let's spread the good news!!!

And thanks again for the great work!!! Awesome!!!

Sean Maclean says:

I spend most of my working day on the internet, and part of my personal time too. I utilize the internet for research, as well as to stay informed regarding local, national and international news outside of mainstream media, and I often post comments on sites providing such information. That gives me an expression of my 'voice' that I would not otherwise have. I also utilize the internet for personal and professional communications, financial transactions, even finding a date once in awhile.

The internet has become an integral part of how I interact with the world around me. Could I live with out it. Of course, I used to without too much difficulty. But would I want to be without the communication and information capabilities that the internet now allows me? Not at all.

The idea that there would be censoring of comments on blogs, social media sites, review blogs, etc. is simply incomprehensible to me. We have enough infiltration of the 'thought police' in many media and educational venues: we sure don't need it here on the net.

To put it in perspective, we 'over here' were treated to the censoring of Google in China a couple years ago, and many other 'western websites' as well. (I use Google as an example…I am a http://www.DuckDuckGo.com search engine user myself…)'Over here' we thought this was crazy, oppressive, a reflection of the ongoing totalitarian regime in China. Why can't the few people there who do have access to outside news or social media sites; or the Pandora of what a free search engine would have to offer, access this information. What are the censors there really trying to control?

Nothing any different than what we would experience in many ways if CDA 230 didn't exist. It's important that we don't forget SOPA or PIPA. Just because they were blocked last year does not mean in any fashion that the agenda to enact similar legislation and 'thought control' has disappeared.

The internet allows me to leave for anyone to see, the above information and opinions. It remains to be seen if anyone really cares or if most are just 'too busy' using the internet to take notice.

robisco nathalie says:

I use the internet everyday for research, and for financial transactions.
The idea my financial data, or my tweets could not be secret for a non -authorized user is terrible .
The internet exists for me for communication, and is a great part of my life.
As a teacher, I use it to educate, too.
Internet means transparency of reserach, but privacy of life

Creedjo says:

Hey, sounds good from a 40s blue collar guys point of view…………..just trying reading more intellectual stuff these days and this seems to fit right in.

PS I am new to this blog reading and I don't read many