Digital Communciation Is Controllable Communication

5 Nov

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A few days ago, President Trump’s Twitter account was unavailable for 11 minutes. It turns out that one of Twitter’s employees, who apparently is not a Trump fan, deactivated the President’s account at the end of what was planned to be his last day with the company.

Regardless of what one thinks of Donald Trump, this event should cause everyone concern.

When computers began to become mainstream several decades ago, it was quickly realized that storing information “online” was much more convenient than storing it on paper. Online data storage provides the capacity for data sharing and allows for data to be easily backed up restored in the event of a data loss, among other benefits.

More recently, the invention and rapid acceptance of social media has created a world of digital communication. No longer do we write letters to each other or have phone calls. Instead, we communicate through texts and online postings.

At this point, our communication channels and data storage are almost entirely digital. Someday they will be 100% so. This is certainly very convenient. But it is also scary because a digital world is a controllable world.

Digitally storing and transmitting data creates the opportunity for it to be centrally regulated. It is possible, as was the case with this Twitter employee, for someone who has access to a communication channel to dictate who can use that channel and what information can pass through that channel.

Corporations do this all the time. When employees at most, if not all, major companies access the Internet they do not access it directly. They go through what is called a proxy server. This server, which is administered by an employee or small group of employees, is configured to prevent and allow only certain types of information to be sent out of and retrieved into the company’s internal network (the “Intranet”).

This is done to protect the company. Filters on the proxy server can prevent things like computer viruses from being installed on their computers. Most companies also use the filters to prevent employees from accessing certain websites including porn sites. They can even prevent certain types of email attachments from being sent outside of the company’s network to safeguard trade secrets and proprietary data.

In these cases, managing the digital communication channel is a good thing – doing so protects the company. But these filters can just as easily be used nefariously.

Many countries, primarily Muslim countries and China, similarly prevent their citizens from accessing certain websites, namely those related to the Bible or Christianity as well as social media sites where their citizens could learn about these things.

In doing so, these countries control what information their citizens have access to and thereby control their beliefs.

And while the countries that do this are not exactly known for freedom, it is not too far-fetched to imagine countries whose citizens are currently free to do the same thing someday.

We cannot deny that there is an ever-widening chasm in the United States between people on various fronts including race, religion, and political party. Socialism is rapidly gaining acceptance in our country, especially among young people who unquestionably have more arrogance and intolerance than previous generations. This is a deadly combination.

The belief that the general population should be ruled by an (allegedly) elite few as Socialism espouses, is the perfect breeding ground for information control. When people are so arrogant to think others should believe like they do and at the same time believe in centralized power, they will be intolerant towards information that does not align with their opinions.

As the spread of relativism and atheism spread around the globe, it is certainly foreseeable that countries all over the world someday prevent access to information about God and the Bible.

Those in power want stability so they can stay in power. As such they will always side with the majority. If the majority believe that a minority group – such as Christians – are a problem, those in power will restrict information to prevent the increase in membership of that minority group.

While such a tactic may have been next to impossible just a couple of decades ago, digital communications make it more than possible now. In fact, within the next couple of decades it is very likely.

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