by Carla White
The internet has always been a haven for free speech and truth-seekers. However, the current state of the online world has changed over recent years as governments and organizations seek to take back control of the World Wide Web.
It is widely known that the world’s banks and mainstream media are controlled by the global elite. It is for this reason we need the internet to be free from restrictive controls and censoring. We need to be able to share ideas and expose falsities without the influence of these controlling groups. But this appears to be in jeopardy, and the question we need to ask is what the state of the internet tells us about the global elite. The answer could be just what we need to motivate people in the struggle for worldwide justice.
This is because the internet has become the global elites’ worst nightmare. Since virtually anyone can contribute on a topic, the internet has made it hard for one side of the argument to dominate public opinion without information from the other side arising to dispute it. A simple example of this is how the mainstream media portrayed the issues in Syria and Ukraine. Despite what the media would have you believe, both situations are extremely complex, and there is not a clear right or wrong.
But if we look at the way these conflicts were portrayed to the masses in the United Kingdom and the United States, we see simplified, watered-down versions of events with a clear course of action based on values and morality. However, this is nothing more than a tool for justifying to the public the unwarranted intervention into these conflicts. With the internet, though, people can get their own information to be able to see the other arguments and perspectives. As a result, the pretenses used by the U.K. and U.S. government to get involved were often seen for the flimsy and questionable excuses they were. With a free and open internet, this type of accountability and skepticism would be the norm and not the exception.
This behavior of independent truth-seeking is spreading beyond just the major news items as many people are starting to ignore mainstream media in favor of searching for the facts themselves online, and this is bad news for anyone wanting to sway public opinion towards a certain agenda. Furthermore, people like Edward Snowden, William Binney and Karen Hudes, who were each in a position to see how the system works, have spoken out against this systematic corruption. Each whistleblower has highlighted how governments were actively trying to control and record citizens’ private data and actions. This is just one of the many instances from the last year where the internet has uncovered propaganda for what is it.
Because of this, the wealthy have been working to stack the deck in favor of themselves for many years. For example, the wealthy elites, through their corporate lobbies and campaign financing, have sought to gain a monopoly on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) so that they can control and potentially censor what we can and can’t see. This makes services such as VPNs and proxies that allow people to bypass any control and censorship by ISPs a near necessity.
However, I predict our ability to use these services over the next decade will be greatly limited and that we will see corporate elites lobby laws to restrict the use of VPNs and proxies. In fact, it’s already started, and if this happens, it will essentially allow them to control what we can view online, which will limit our ability to view news and videos originating from other countries or dissenting sources.
About the Author
Carla White is a blogger for The Right Side of Truth. She knows the stories told by the media and politicians are usually bold-faced lies, and this skepticism, combined with her natural curiosity, has driven her to question the status quo and to continuously seek out the truth.