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A system that is founded to include any and all information — contributed by anyone who chooses to contribute — will naturally include some pretty terrible stuff.
Gone are the days when we could trust what came to us through the net, when we could expect that what was directed at us was relevant, useful, accurate and benign," he wrote. "Now we find ourselves confronted with junk, attacked by viruses, denied access, worried about our privacy, and confused about who can provide relief to these and other concerns."
His paper grapples with a difficult issue, one that\'s even more relevant for the Internet of today: A system that is founded to include any and all information — contributed by anyone who chooses to contribute — will naturally include some pretty terrible stuff. Advocates of the "net neutrality" principal argue that the very premise of the Internet is based in the idea that all information should be treated equally on the web.
But even the staunchest net neutrality backers balk at how to deal with the web\'s worst content. We\'re all in favor of revolutionaries in totalitarian countries using the Internet to communicate — but what about when the Islamic State group begins using it for recruitment? Social media companies should allow anyone to create a profile — but what happens when a personal profile isconnected with a violent event, as in the case of Virginia shooting suspect Vester Flanagan?
It gets even more complicated when the rules intended to allow free access begin to contradict each other — like when free and open comments on social platformsbecome harassmentthat specifically targets women, people of color and members of the LGBT community and effectively cuts off their Internet free speech.
Now that the Internet is a diffuse conglomeration of things, much of the debate around How-Much-Information-Is-Too-Much is being worked out, not by the web\'s founders, but by platforms like Twitter and Facebook, which bear the brunt of the moderation burden.
As forKleinrock, his paper reveals no easy solutions. He writes that it is "essential" to maintain the Internet\'s history of open access and shared ideas, but that somehow these ideas must be managed.
Without management, Kleinrock writes, "then we will see a slowdown in Internet use and acceptance; if this happens, all of us lose."
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