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November 23, 2005

Roadblocks to Cyberspace Freedom (Chapter 11)

“The future of media doesn’t just belong to people who can depend on a First Amendment; it also belongs to the rest of the world” 220.

Information freedom, the cyberworld’s heart and soul, along with its mouth piece, grass-roots journalism, is being threatened by firewalls, filters, DRMs (Digital Restrictions Management) and cookies. Yes, cookies. Not the chocolate-chip variety, but the big-brother tracking type. Cookies, developed by Netscape, track every site a netizen has visited. The tradeoff of allowing the user easy access to favorite websites, Gillmor points out, is small compensation for his or her lack of privacy.

Posted by NancyGregg at November 23, 2005 9:51 PM