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Imagine, if you will, a time when universally held beliefs and knowledge are immediately accessible for all from a database all trust and subscribe to.

Are you one of two categories who immediately think?

a: Impossible, unbelievable, it will never happen or

b: That would be nice, or not, but at least take the time to ponder the possibility.

It has been my experience that we have lived in a world which has been predominantly populated with (a) types and this would be nice, or not, if you didn’t want anything to change. Let’s now step back to a time when;

a: A well defined group of people have everything the way they want it eg: money, power, position in society and

b: A lower class who have subservience, poverty and a desire for change because anything would be better than what they have.

The first group will, by nature, resist change because whatever the advantages that change could bring, it wouldn’t be of any advantage to them. They are in a position to suppress change and deem those who want it, as subversive.

What I have been describing here is the basis for a feudal system and the lords of feudal systems have traditionally made it their business to equip and fund large armies to protect their interests.

Now what has that got to do with what is goings on in the world today and a data base that all trust and subscribe to? Well incase you haven’t noticed the Internet and the systems that support it, have been under attack and the people who have placed themselves in a position to protect us from that attack, are in a very privileged position. In China an army of hackers have been raised, under the banner of the people’s army, to actively seek total control. In America the NSA, FBI, CIA and the Military bicker over whose duty it is to monitor and control the internet. I’m sure something similar is going on in Europe and Australia, not to mention the Arabic world or Indonesia.

Is the vision of a world wide web, accessible by all and democratically governed, a pipe dream or a possible reality? Are you part of the problem, if there is one, or part of the solution, if we want one? My suggestions for this conundrum is simplistic, I grant you, but never the less, poignant. A virtual democracy where all those involved vote on who should be the governing body and what checks and balances we put in place to ensure a data base that we can all trust with our shared beliefs and common knowledge. Even if that is not, on a large scale, possible at this present moment then we shouldn’t be afraid to let our opinions be aired and go about designing it on a small scale even if some people would define that as subversive.

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