The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford
|Actual 3-D depiction of Internet connectivity
No one would argue today that the Internet has not made our global village smaller. News about events can travel around the world seconds after they happen. Earth’s citizens are wresting control of news from major media outlets and governments. Some governments are trying their best to shore up their information dams and levees, but I believe they will ultimately fail. What happens when all ulterior motives are revealed and brought into the light of day?
A while ago I ran across a quote by Dan Millman. He said:
“I have an almost religious zeal… not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up.”
As I read this, I thought of the Arab Spring – the protests that swept across northern Africa in the spring of 2011. Alone, not many of us have the strength to endure injustice and cruelty, but when we stand together we gain strength from one another. In the face of attempts at repression and censorship, social media became an effective tool to communicate and raise awareness.
Technology beyond the control of governments and the powers that be, allowed news of injustice to spread like wildfire. For the first time in history, video could be instantly transmitted around the globe, and rapid organization allowed protests to strike while the iron of indignation was hot. Governments were overthrown!
Recently, A non-profit organization devoted to human rights, Civil Rights Defenders, announced the initial distribution of a bracelet that alerts social media sites Facebook and Twitter using a mobile signal to notify of an attack or kidnapping, and issues a real-time GPS location of the victim directly to the organization’s headquarters.
The Natialia Project, named after Natalia Estemirova, a human rights worker in the North Caucasus, who was kidnapped and murdered within 24 hours of being abducted, aims to prevent such an occurrence from happening again. Those at high risk of kidnapping wear the Natialia Project personal alarm like a wristband. As an additional precaution, the bracelet may be deliberately triggered or set off by forceful removal.
Now, abductors’ crimes will have to be carried out in front of the whole world! I never imagined such a use of technology or social media!
Connecting the people of the world, the Internet has become a global nervous system. No longer can people in far off lands be isolated from the rest of the human body, by walls of censorship and the control of despotic regimes.
Soon, the pain of injustice inflicted upon any part of our collective human body, will be felt in the global pain center. I only hope that the combined forces of our love are greater than the forces of evil, and we develop a Global Conscience that helps steer humanity in an ever positive and upward direction. Peace.