So the Internet is a product of the military. For me, definitely one of the most interesting facts – which everyone should keep in mind. This simply shows the immense impact of the government on the internet (and therefore on our daily lives) that no-one really wants to see the dimensions of.
It is also emphasised in Misunderstanding of the internet (by Curran, Fenton and Freedman).
The main users may have changed from the military to each individual of the public (in the Western World at least). But the military has never stopped using and developing the internet. Which is why I think it really can’t be seen as a voice of freedom. We are being monitored by the government and told off as soon as we say something inappropriate.
Let’s carry the thought a bit further and look into the future. Just imagine how the internet (‘slash’ government) will be able to control society when the Internet of Things had been implemented; for example how a war would look like – when every object is smart thanks to implanted sensors.
And we don´t even have to involve the Internet of Things just yet. Because here and now might already be alarming enough, for the moment.
Anyway, the point I want to make: the internet`s military background is not really surprising, it rather explains our current situation. And, should make all of us a little bit concerned about the developments yet to come – because we are becoming more and more oblivious to the internet.