With the current battle over control of the internet there is concern that internet censorship will be put in place, and Big Brother will rule.
In this exclusive interview, Rick Falkvinge
, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, says that "the battle over control of the internet is not just about the freedom of speech, but our global future. It is the choice between a Big Brother and democracy unseen before."
The video then discusses the various successes of protests against internet censorship, and the many dangerous threats to the free internet still looming ahead.
In the final portion of the video RT
In the future, do you see an internet that is free, open and equal or do you see dark clouds ahead?
To which Falkvinge replied:
We’re at a crossroads right now. This technology can be used to create such a dystopic Big Brother society that if you’d had written a book about it in 1950s-80s, it would have been discarded as being unrealistic. We’re at this dystopic stage seen in the 1950s where there were cameras in people’s homes. The only thing missing from the scenario [is] we bought them ourselves [personal computers] – that is the only thing that was not foreseen.
On the other hand, you can also use this technology to create the society where power holders are more accountable than ever to the voting citizenry. Where the ideas get to battle it out without interference from who said what. We can create a society where culture and ideas can flourish like never before.
That battle stands right now and the question is: who controls the internet? I want it to be the citizens. There are also people from the previous set of industries and if they win we get the Big Brother society. If the citizens win we get a democracy richer than ever before.
A full transcript of the video can be viewed here.