today, the Internet is the world's most important communications network, a vital – if not the most vital – tool in research, politics, health care and education. It has given a voice to the disenfranchised and oppressed, challenged tyranny abroad and corruption at home and created cultural playgrounds where inspiration is second only to imagination.
But it has also become the largest hotbed of crime on Earth, a place where the high-minded founding principles of research have taken a back-seat to corporate interests; where, increasingly, a user's social status determines their experience.
In short, the Internet is becoming a lot like real life. Does the Internet need saving?
Does Canada's traditional role as peacekeeper translate to the virtual world?
What does the rise of a borderless digital world mean for our perceptions of privacy, or cultural protectionism? Are such concepts even relevant any more?
Is Canada's technology business landscape destined to be populated by one or two Nortels or hundreds of small, nimble application developers?
Is broadband access a fundamental human rights?
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Community access in locations like libraries or community halls doesn't properly address the needs of small towns unless there is broadband access at that site. Visagrunt
Top scored Reader comment
Instead of trying to codify out-of-date business models, we should let the industry adapt to its new circumstances. GonzoFish
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How secure do you feel online? What sort of online criminal activity worries you the most?
Of 5,197 votes cast:
58% Identity Theft
14% Bank Fraud
16% Terror Recruiting
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