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Governing the Internet

Tell others of the past they may know the future. - Confucius

Unregulated or overregulated internet/cyberspace is a threat. Comprehending the value, risks and nature of this new dimension is as fascinating as it is critical.

If there was any doubt about the internet both helping and harming, consider COVID-19. Government internet police punished those who initially warned colleagues of imminent risk. As responsible health providers effectively used the internet to share lifesaving guidance, shysters cynically pushed bogus COVID-19 cures. At the edge of the dark web, conspiracy theories, paranoia and racism thrived.

Internet/cyberspace enhances our ability to creatively connect, yet also inspires hate, can harm the innocent and undermine democracies while empowering the profane and demagogues.

The arc of human history has given us the printing press, radio and television and now the internet. They each require rules. Our world is tumbling into a stunning new version of reality, providing unparalleled opportunities for good or evil, dependent on how we govern.

The book, Governing the Internet, looks to our history and beliefs for guidance.