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Posted by: Helen on Dec. 04 2002,12:34

It's amazing that we have agreed to connect network to network worldwide (the Internet) without a central cooordinating entity orchestrating it, yet we have not been able to agree on the preservation of the planet in which we live.
Posted by: Joe on Dec. 08 2002,17:21

I don't think we're even close to coordination on the internet. Moreover, I think that it's primarily the United States' fault that we can't come to a world-wide consensus on policies such as environmental protection.

Just look at all the new security bills that are being steam-rolled through congress. Did you know that the government is giving itself the authority to hack your computer if they "suspect" you of doing something illegal? They don't even have to tell you what it is. Did you know that United States technology firms, such as Microsoft, have been working on ways to privatize and control the internet for the past 5 years? Now, compare that to U.S. efforts to undermine environmental policy. Did you know that the secret courts of NAFTA have the right to sue a government for "interfering" with the profits of international companies? In a recent case, NAFTA secret tribunals ruled that the Canadian govenment could not shut down a company for violating environmental policies because it would "interfere" with that company's right to make profits.
Posted by: davidinkey on April 12 2007,17:48

i would like to see more expression on population issues among notes of an ecological nature....peace, david inkey,
Posted by: Cavenabob on Aug. 12 2007,12:14

I think the Internet is a bit of a double edged sword when it comes to the environment.  On the one hand it has aided in the raising of awareness of ecological issues, and many companies have had to green up their acts as a result of web-buzz.  

On the other hand the World Wide Web has enabled a great deal more commerce, often with little to no regard to the ecological ramifications of that commerce.  

I propose that we cease to think of the Internet as an entity that does things, and start thinking of it as a collective network devoted to moving ideas.  Then ask ourselves.  How do we implant ideas into this network in order to achieve our stated objective.  

Why not put out a catchy YouTube video about a web purchase you made and its ecological ramifications.  Why not highlight businesses that do their business in a clean and ethical manner.  I could go on and on.


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