What is the Limit to Internet Freedom?

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” This infamous quote by Benjamin Franklin is still relevant to our generation and our love for Internet freedom. In my opinion the line is even more applicable to our society nowadays. People can now leak and access information that was once private, with the click of a mouse. It is actually pretty crazy if you think about it. The fact that we can look up the mug shot of somebody within hours of it being taken is unreal. There is no more privacy in our day and age. The main reason for the lack of secrecy is the Internet.


I am all for voicing our opinions via social media. Just like Obama stated, “ the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes.” I interpret this statement by the more we are aloud to voice our opinions within the democratic government we live in, the stronger our bond with each other will be because we will trust each other more. However, there will be no trust if people’s actions do not match up with their words. Micah L. Sifry could not have summed this up any better by saying “people need to be transparent in order to have a healthy democracy.”  This easy access of the Internet is a privilege that is sometimes taken advantage of because people’s promises just remain words on an Internet page rather than actions being completed. So in order to use the social media to its fullest potential we need to not hide behind our words and actually live up to them.

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