The theory of change that goes, “We will walk away from politics and use the internet to evade state oppression” is a dead letter. It always has been.
But the theory that goes, “The internet will let us organize to hold the government to account, to topple the corrupt, to rally the honorable and expose the wicked” – that theory has never been more important.
The internet is not a revolutionary technology, but it makes revolution more possible than ever before. That’s why it’s so important to defend it, to keep it free and fair and open. A corrupted, surveillant, controlled internet is a place where our lives are torn open by the powerful, logged, and distorted. A free, fair, and open internet is how we fight back.
Cory Doctorow: What the Internet Is For »