Transcript of 1984 and Net Neutrality by Hadyn Clark

How Big Brother is watching us today.
In America we grew up learning that we live in an amazing country that we have privacy rights and freedom in. America was founded on the idea that we could do what we want when we want and how we want it. That not so much the case today. On a daily bases our rights are infringed upon for the "Greater Good" and financial gain. The idea of lack of privacy and freedom is demonstrated in the novel 1984. There are many correlation between the novel and the world we live in today. More specifically in this case net neutrality.

PRIVACY OF PERSONAL DATA

In 1984 the people in that society are constantly being monitored by "Big Brother" and punished for wrongful thoughts or actions that could jeopardize the governments complete control. Spy's in the book monitor conversations without them even knowing. Today ISP's (Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T) are trying collect data to sell to marketers. As well there is an opportunity for them to prohibit the encryption of data that we send and receive. This would allow them to collect every single thing that comes in and out of our computers and sell or give it to law enforcement. (Possibly without a warrant) 

BIG BROTHER OR SUPER CORPORATION

In 1984 citizens lives were almost exclusively controlled and supplemented by big brother. Even there homes had a telescreen that was payed for by that governing body. Today we experience similar events with the main domestic internet providers. They have so much demand and so little competition that they are extremely powerful. Almost everything we use on a daily basis is connected to the internet provided from these ISP's. Without net neutrality IPS's could block certain websites or services and force customers to use their own. This also would aid in a form of democratic government like North Korea as they block certain websites and anti government propaganda.

LACK OF PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE AND HISTORY

In 1984 citizens have little to no access to history before Big Brother. Without knowing that something was different in the past they have no way or motivation to change the present.

1984 AND NET NEUTRALITY  /  INTERNET - WEB HISTORY

The World wide web was created by a Swedish Programmer by he name of Tim Berners Lee. It was not a simple internet to send and receive files but a whole web of information and data that could be accessed by anyone on the internet. This was created to be an unregulated way to share information and media. The creation of this unregulated web lead to amazing technological advances in society and was a major contributor and part of the world we live in today. Regulation of the web would not only infringe on our rights but also slow financial , and technological growth.

NET NEUTRALITY /  WHAT IS IT?

All people and services connected to the internet have equal and free rights. This means everyone can access the same websites at the same speed and can produce whatever they want and post it online. Net neutrality is based on the idea that:

Dont you see that the whole aim of newspeak is to narrow the range of thought. She had no memories of anything before the early Sixties, and the only person she had ever known who talked frequently of the days before the Revolution was grandfather who had disappeared when she was eight.
— ORWELL

A similar problem occurs with net neutrality. Almost everyone who uses the internet has no idea how it works or how it originated. Without this knowledge they cant understand the disastrous economic and political consequences. They wont know that their service speed for specific websites could be lowered if they don't pay a premium. They don't know how their personal data is sent or how it can be intercepted and recorded. They don't know how privatizing something as global as the internet would cause a massive monopolistic superpower. Like Big Brother.

“WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” 

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