Some would say that the outcome of the struggles now being played out in various ways about government access to and control of internet and mobile data will define many aspects of our lives in future years. While that is a large claim, below is an extract from a longer piece by Cory Doctorow in yesterday's Guardian which makes the case in fairly grand terms. Thought provoking if nothing else.
That’s what Internet Utopians do: they create a normative discussion about the dangers of an “evil” internet and the power of a good one,...........that’s why they liberate data; that’s why they form .......movements to stop the drive to kill net neutrality or ........ mass surveillance. The questions ......are “How do we save the planet from the climate crisis?” and “What do we do about misogyny, racial profiling and police violence, and homophobic laws?” and “How do we check mass surveillance and the widening power of the state?” and “How do we bring down autocratic, human-rights-abusing regimes without leaving behind chaos and tragedy?” Those are the questions. But the internet is the answer....... And if you want to free the internet to use in all those fights, there’s a quarter century’s worth of Internet Utopians who’ve got your back.