- Apr 13, 2012
The Library of Alexandria was one of the largest centers of knowledge in the Ancient World. Its walls housed hundreds of thousands of scrolls, a treasure trove to discover the latest cutting edge science, to learn of far away peoples and cultures, to read works of literature in different languages. More than that, it was a place where lectures were held and where people from Africa, Asia and Europe mingled.
Its tragic destruction by fire has become a symbol for the loss of knowledge and culture.
The Internet is our modern Library of Alexandria. It is a place to learn, to share, to grow, to meet people, to get a job, to pay bills, to have fun. It has even become a place to find love.
Granting equal access to the Internet to all is fundamental for a fairer society. Compromising internet neutrality would lead to a two-tiered Internet, one fast and open for the rich, one slow and constrained for the poor.
Furthermore, this would heavily hinder innovation on the web which drives our society. How will the next Internet revolution come about if we weigh down entrepreneurs wanting to build the next Facebook or Google?
Finally, how would people-powered movements that are used to combat injustices of all kind exist without a platform such as the Internet? Would the Arab Springs have risen? What about those that sought to keep the Internet neutral?
In a world where we are more and more connected, where internet-connected devices are an integral part of our lives, restricting internet access to some will be to the benefit of a few and to the detriment of the rest.
Unlike the Library of Alexandria, the Internet will not be destroyed by great fires but compromising net neutrality could ultimately lead to a loss of knowledge, culture and even humanity.
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