Week 5 — Mini essay

Along with the development of the IT as well as the Internet, people are pursuing the total freedom of information for many years; however, there are still many obstacles to impede the real freedom for the access of information, which can be mainly presented by the copyright legislation or relevant laws to prevent the download for free. To some extent, it is contradictory to promote the freedom of information sharing and at the same time to set limitation for the information access in such an information age.

According to the illustration of Cory Doctorow (2007), in order to create and maintain the so called ‘information economy’, which should be based on the information buying as well as selling, so as to create more economic interests, the freedom of information has to some extent been turned into a myth with a lot of limitations and the information sharing has become increasingly harder for netizens. However, in such an information age, the development of the Internet as well as other searching engines, such as Google or Pirate Bay, should perform the role of ‘enabling not impeding the information sharing’ (Cory, 2007). In other words, there is a kind of contradiction between the requirement of the copyright legislation and the free information sharing. Then, at this stage, what should people do to copy with this interest conflict?

For a long time, the world is working to create a more sharing global, such as the appearance of the WTO, which enables the global economic communication and business cooperation among different continents or countries. In this process, the information sharing should be encouraged in order to create the mutually beneficial business outcome for both parties. However, as people can see from the example of China, there are still some political factors involved in the information sharing, which impede Chinese people to have the freedom to visit some foreign websites or search some politically sensitive topics on the Internet.

To sum up, concerned with the necessity of the freedom of information as well as the current existence of the copyright legislation, people should try to figure out a balanced mode to guarantee the information freedom as well as the copyrights of the interest groups.

Reference:

Cory, D 2007, Free Data Sharing is Here to Stay, viewed 17 August 2015, <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/sep/18/informationeconomy>.

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