Networked Media: Class 3


A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, published in 1996, proposed an ideal form the internet as free form governmental interventions, and as “the other space” that is not constrained by the physical world. The author urges the government to take their hands away from the “free web”, and suggests that the laws issued for “cyberspace” is heterogeneous and counteracts the technology.

However, looking back at this article after 20 years, it seems to me that much of the author’s ideas are too utopian to be applicable. In short, the internet is more analogous to a mirror that reflects the conditions of our physical world, and just as laws needs to be enforced in the physical world, so are they necessary in the “cyberspace”.


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