TheHacktivismo declaration oppose censorship of internet by the State.It generally opposes the state backed censorship ideas citingcontravention of human right to be price freedom of expression. Thestate backed censorship is quite wide across so many countries. Forinstance, South Korean national security has denied its residentsfrom having any contact. It is up to the public to regulate what theyshare or not. Apart from that, some aspects require privacy. Statebacked censorship contravene people’s rights to communicate withoutbeing necessary monitored. This paper try to relate this manifestowith the readings provided. As portrayed in the readings,inequalities within the society still exist especially in terms oftechnological advancements. Inequalities are also due to biasedcensorship undertakings. This paper will also try to illustrate thepositives and negatives of adopting censorship.
Regulatingwhat people share in the social media can be deemed a contraveningact of social rights. Governments tend to indulge in regulationtechniques as a means of detecting suspicious behaviors. With theever growing terrorism acts, censorship of materials or sentimentsshared over the media as become quite common across many countries.However, the act itself does not exemplify a just nation. Monitoringof what people share across the media is quite detrimental to humanfreedom. The States have taken up what is regarded as publicresponsibility. It is up to the public to decide what to share andwhat not to. The public knows very well the unsuitable and suitableevents or materials.
Withthe ever growing technological globe, it becomes quite intricate tomonitor each and every person. Different countries also adopt diversetechnologies that harden regulation practice. Though the growth intechnology are quite vast, a common tendency is exclusion of someparties. Apart from exclusion of certain continents such as Africa,rural Asia among others, technology tends to exempt women andchildren in the process. In accordance to studies, females tend tolack technological knowhow whenever newer technologies are instilled.Technology and all its facets are dominated by males. This inequalityis quite detrimental to the empowerment of females across the globe.Some parts of Africa are engulfed in traditional lifestyles thatrestrict women from developing technologically [ CITATION Ste05 l 1033 ].
Theneed to regulate or rather censor what people share has beenheightened by insecurity concerns. In the past few years, terroriststend to utilize social media to conduct recruit drives. Apart fromthat, they use the media to outline their plans and threaten states.Some terrorists even execute people openly. In that regard, stateshave deemed it necessary to monitor people acts over the media. Thiscan be deemed as a necessary evil. Monitoring helps the government toknow the whereabouts of its citizens. In order to maintain security,the government indulges in what and be regarded as an uncouthundertaking.
Theassertions of the digital manifesto embrace the use of uncensoredinternet. Once in the social platform or rather the internet, oneought to hold diverse opinions with freedom. The freedom ofexpression should be paramount. Monitoring also tends to bring aboutdiscriminatory acts such as racism. Whenever a given countryexperiences attacks, immigrants tend to suffer more. For instance,discriminatory acts against certain religions. Individuals fromcertain religions e.g. Muslims in a Christian dominated country orChristians in a Muslim dominated country, tend to be monitored more.This inequalities in monitoring impact negatively on the groups. Itis the reason why, hacktivismo advocates for uncensored internet.
Thedigital divide is another vital aspect to consider. Access toinformation, communication technologies and use of impact informationdiffer across States and the globe at large. There is a huge gap interms of access to economic and social resources. Censoring thereforedoes not contribute in bridging the gap. As a matter of fact, the gapcontinues to widen. It is the State’s responsibility to improve thetechnological knowhow of its citizens. In addition to that, it is theresponsibility of the public to improve their technological knowhow.
Inaccordance to the manifesto, it is generally inappropriate to censorwhatever people are doing over the internet. The reasons mainlyrevolve around terrorism among other organized crimes. States opt tomonitor its people as an effective means of maintaining security.However, as exemplified in the manifesto, the act of monitoring isquite unfair and against the provisions of human rights. People havethe freedom to utilize the media in accordance their will. Inequalitywithin the societies also poses huge challenges. Technology is mainlylikened to men innovation. The digital divide being quite wide,governments have more intense tasks of bridging the gap rather thancensoring. Women and children suffer most in developing countries.They generally lack enough exposure thereby lag behind in terms ofadvancement in technology. Adoption of effective means of solvingdigital divide and limiting censoring of the internet are vital asper the ideologies entailed in the manifesto.
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