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January 6th, 2008

Works Cited

Posted by dxie in Control of the Internet

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“Hackers.” Wikipedia. 6 Jan. 2008. Dec. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker>.

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January 3rd, 2008

Individuals

Posted by dxie in Control of the Internet

There are various reasons for individual users to want control over the Internet. Prominent among these are bloggers, who are an increased source of news for people. They have certain advantages over major news sources because they are so numerous. Bloggers sometimes have the greatest ability to get the inside scoop, and as a result, sometimes become very influential.

Bloggers may want to gain more control of the Internet in order to gain a more popular website and become regarded as a legitimate news source. This desire to gain control has certain advantages because it promotes bloggers to provide quality news coverage, and it puts individuals in a position of power to do what they otherwise can not do, such as exposing fraud. However, the same power may be used by individuals to inspire riots both online and in life.

Other individuals, “hackers,” use their power in malignant ways. Hackers take advantage of holes in the Internet’s infrastructure to gain access to restricted areas, take physical control software or hardware, to cause hardware or software to stop working. The risk of putting valuable information online is that it exposes it to the mercy of hackers. As hackers become more and more common, the advantages of the Internet must be balanced against its security threats.