Eben Moglen Says a Decentralized Internet is Key for a Democratic Future
BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011
In the Guardian, Eben Moglen writes that the press-as-institution is doomed, and seems to argue that the continuation of democracy depends on a decentralized Internet built on free software:
Now, the vast interconnection of humanity we call the internet promises to divorce the press and power forever, by dissolving the press. Now, every mobile phone, every document scanner, every camera, every laptop, are part of an immense network in which everything we see, we think, we know, can be transmitted to everyone else, everywhere, immediately. Democracy in its deepest sense follows. Ignorance ceases to be the inevitable lot of the vast majority of humanity.