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Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education

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The ribbon is out, but censorship isn’t

As you can see, the “anti censorship” ribbon is out on every platform along the WordPress blogosphere…. but the censorhip isn’t. 

Last Thursday, on 26 January 2012, Romania, along with other 21 European states, signed the ACTA (Anti Counterfeiring Trade Agreement), a law similar to SOPA and PIPA, who may lead to a similar censorhip of the Internet in the European Union. 

ACTA isn’t new at all: it had been in debate long before the Stop Online Piracy Act (26 October 2011) or the Proiect IP Act (12 May 2011) and even its predecessor, the COICA – Combating Online Infrigement and Counterfeits Act (20 september 2010): actually, it has been discussed for more than four years, since October 2007. But the strange part is that the negocations had been carried out in secret until being exposed by Wikileaks on 22 May 2008. 

There is something beyond my understanding, but not comprehension: why does the population begins to have more thrust in organizations such as Wikileaks or Anonymus instead of the governments or the president? Why do we to lose faith in the leaders of state and international organizations such as the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization or the United Nations? 

In a world in which information travels with the speed of sound, the possibilities of communication are extraordinary and the freedom of speech and knowledge is great, liberty is a essential condition. There can be no democracy without it. And if through democracy will laws such as PIPA, SOPA and ACTA be adopted, then anarchy may be preffered above it. In matters as great such as the information travel in the World Wide Network, not a group of people should decide but the whole wide world 

I won’t stop writing about this matter. Because it is fundamental. Because it is about values such as freedom and liberty. Because it is about a matter which concerns the entire world. And because I have hope that there will be a future, and one which may last millions or billions of years from now….  

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