Sunday, July 6, 2014

Balancing digital freedom and online responsibility

Anonymity and the Internet
The Internet is still as raucous a global community as it should be. However, in the bid for total digital freedom, many people are forgetting that with freedom comes responsibility – even in online communities.
So where do people make mistakes, what makes people cross the line from espousing freedom, to being abusive Internet trolls? Well, it’s not actually a simple situation.
Fighting the “Man”
One important facet of the issue about freedom of speech and human rights online is that it serves as a release-valve for social pressures. The online world is where people now take their soapbox issues and grievances, be it legitimate or not. In that way, it is actually a sort of social equalizer, in that as long as you have access, it does not matter if you are rich or poor. You have a voice, and that is very important.


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