When I think about our digital technologies and the ecosystem in which they’re being created it is worrisome. People with money and vision create their ideas through code that appear on our screens for us to use. The internet was created by a bunch of academics aiming to create a network of computers to share ideas. The trajectory of our technology is no longer so benign as the concentration of wealth increases.
States have a certain power to regulate. As digital technologies emerged and more and more of the international communication and transactions could be hidden, their powers were capped. Now, technologists, for better or for worse, hold a portion of this power. When ISIS reaches out on twitter to find lonely, malleable souls to join its extremism, it is the responsibility of twitter to shut them down.
This conflict was charactered in the Apple vs. FBI case. There was no clear outcome or norm set except for a stalemate and a loophole found. Will the agreement continue to be finding loopholes and avoiding confrontation? I believe there is a better solution.
As we move forward in a more connected world, we imagine the possibilities. It is also important to remember that there are egregious human rights violations that it is everyones job to consider, and get creative around. With norms in place for these most awful offenses, we can then begin a new, true digital information paradigm where ownership is more unedrstood.