There are some terrible people in this world. Seriously, some people are just really mean. The internet is a wonderful place full of rainbows and unicorns, where people can be themselves. Unfortunately when the internet’s freedom to be yourself collides with the fact that some people suck, a Pandora’s Box of hateful, misogynistic, racist, bigoted, homophobic, trolling smut is opened.
A big question at the moment is whether this type of discrimination should be legal. Is freedom of speech an inalienable right, or would consequence beget change? Words can be used eloquently, and being articulate helps to convey the right message, which is why the alteration of a few words in Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act could result in a very different outcome for Australians.
Freedom of information is also very important when it comes to the internet. Currently, all websites are delivered at the same speed, regardless of the content. Internet service providers can’t decide what information deserves to be seen more than any other; whether it’s sexist, hateful comments or a video of a bunny eating raspberries.
This concept is known as net neutrality, and is vital in order to preserve freedom across the internet. Net neutrality isn’t just about keeping Netflix fast, it has real implications for the future of thought. To ensure the internet retains one of its fundamental principles and strengths, we need to be constantly aware of the current events associated with the cause, and willing to fight for free information.
“The best counter to a bad argument is a good one, and the best antidote to bigotry is decency, proclaimed by people engaging in a free and fair debate.” – Tony Abbott