Epilogue and Afterword

According to the author Cory Doctorow on his book Institute Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, historically, the Arts have been on the side of free speech and privacy. However, we see some laws that compromise these freedoms by threaten art itself. In the arts, people says “ I hate what you’ve created, but I will defend to the death your right to create it ”. So, artists and audiences as community pulled together to defend free expression, even for works they didn’t like very much, or even for the works they detested. That is why Creators and investors have long fought against book- banning, censorship, surveillance, the restrictions on creative and intellectual expression.

Edward Snowden taught us that the Internet could be harnessed and turned into an intrusive and terrifying surveillance mechanism. So, we all have a duty to stop arguing about whether the Internet is good or bad for us and our particular corner of the world, to figure out how to make the Internet into a force for helping people work and live together, with the privacy, self-determination, and freedom from interference and control that are the hallmarks of a just society. Whatever challenges the Internet raises for our commercial fortunes, we must not sacrifice our free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of association in order to improve our own bottom lines. Doctorow models what he preaches, and by the way, according to him, offering his books for free on his website actually increases sales. He’s creating quality products and hustling, and he’s not just a writer, but a speaker and a performer. Cory Doctorow says that Computers and networks have closer to solving our coordination problems than nearly any technology before them. Because of today, we get all that coordinative effort gratis. It’s so easy that we don’t even notice it. All technology to coordinate people for positive change has gone from the rolling log to the supercharged. The fear is that we are social and sociable creatures, and our networked devices keep our friends and loved ones at our fingertips all the time. Because those devices accumulate a record of all our thoughts, deeds, journeys, and relationships. But it is also a hope for people who want the world with more self-determination, more freedom, more accomplishment, and less crushing boredom and control. And also because those without power have always lacked the ability to cheaply organize themselves.

Finally, Cory Doctorow has given us a tool for evaluating all those offers like:  if you’re a creator, don’t let your publishers use your copyright as an excuse for rules that let it corner the market on delivering your art to your audience. And no matter who you are, remember that this internet thing is bigger than the arts, bigger than the entertainment business. It’s the nervous system of the twenty-first century, and, depending on how we use it, it can set us free, or it can slave us.

Source: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, Laws for the internet Age, EPILOGUE

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